One of the reasons that student houses become easy targets for crime is that they are left insecure. To combat this issue local student lettings agency Walton Robinson has compiled a list of top tips for students living in rented property to ensure they take steps to prevent being a victim of crime.
• Ensure you close and lock all doors and windows when the property is empty.
• If there is a security alarm, use it!
• If the property is going to be empty over the holidays take your valuables home and let your lettings agency know how long you will be away for.
• Don’t leave any valuables on display when you go out, that’s just easy pickings for thieves.
• Try not to make it too obvious that your property is student accommodation - avoid windows full of wine bottles, or displaying your impressive collection of traffic cones.
• Let your fellow housemates know that you are going out and whether they will need to lock up.
• It’s always a good idea to insure your possessions, as they will not be covered by the landlord’s property insurance.
• Keep in mind that robberies also occur during the day, and many thieves can just walk in and take your possessions without being noticed.
• If you own a bicycle, ensure you invest in a good bike lock. Many Landlords are also happy to provide bike racks.
• Don’t forget to secure the back of your student house - make sure the back yard gate is secured and wheelie bins are not easy platforms to help burglars climb over the wall.