Keeping your halls and house secure

Simply put, burglars target shared houses and student accommodation because they know there will be more to steal. And according to the NUS, the average cost to the victim of a student break-in is in excess of £900. It’s easy to keep your belongings secure. Follow these simple steps to make sure your time at Aberdeen is safe and happy.

Keeping your flat secure

Always lock your doors and windows when you leave your room or house. You never know when a thief is going to strike. If you live on the ground floor, ensure that your windows and doors are locked on every occasion the room is unoccupied.

Invest in contents insurance

All university accommodation comes with contents insurance as standard. But if you’re moving into or living in private accommodation then it’s a good idea to cover your possessions while you’re studying at university.

Take it home over the holidays

It’s a good idea to take your valuables with you when you move out for the holidays, even if it’s just over Christmas. Most people know that student houses are empty over the Christmas period and during the summer, so they’ll be easier targets for burglars. It’s also worth leaving lights or a radio on a timer – that way you’ll give the illusion of the house being occupied.

Have a back-up plan

Make sure you’ve exchanged emergency contacts with your flatmates. This way, if there is an emergency, you’ll know who to contact.

Keep a look out

Although Halls of Residence have extensive CCTV and regular security patrols, it is important to keep your eyes open for anyone who looks suspicious, especially when you’re going into halls and someone is coming through the door behind you who may not be a resident.

Report anything suspicious

It might sound obvious, but letting strangers into your building increases the security risk. It’s also important that you report any suspicious behaviour to the porters if you live in Halls, or the police if you live outside the halls.

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