Securing Your Home

Halls and House Security

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. The majority of theft is committed by the opportunist thief, which implies that the majority can also be prevented.

AUSA have a web page full of tips on keeping your home as safe as possible.

Protect your mobile phone against theft.

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Get insured
If you are living in halls, you will be covered by basic personal contents insurance but if you are not, you may want to think about getting insured.

Be aware of the precautions you can take
Police Scotland has created a Student Safety Guide which includes sections on protecting your valuables and being safe on campus and at home.


Fire Safety

Most fires are preventable. With the right know-how, a little responsibility and a working smoke alarm you’ll be on your way to making your home fire safe. For more information about preventing fire at home, read the university guidelines or check out the advice from the Fire Kills campaign.

When at University, the key thing to remember is that if the fire alarm is triggered, you need to get out and stay out. If you discover a fire, raise the alarm and leave the building. Don’t try and fight the fire yourself.

Get a free smoke alarm

Fire Scotland are rolling out a plan to give all homes free smoke alarms across Scotland. They’ll visit your home, sort out a fire escape plan and fit smoke alarms free of charge. To get a free home fire safety visit and a free smoke alarm, visit Fire Scotland.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service – Fire Spreads


Gas Safety

According to HSE statistics, every year around 11 people die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Don’t become a statistic; there are things you can do to keep safe.

For more information please visit the HSE website:


Electrical Safety

If you are in University accommodation then of all the electrical equipment is checked regularly by a University electrician.

However, whether you are staying in halls or you are living in private accommodation, it is worth making sure you know the dos and don’ts of dealing with electricity and electrical products and how to make sure your home is as safe as possible.


Leaving Your Home for the Holidays

When the holidays come around, many students pack-up and move elsewhere. This means that sometimes your student accommodation is left unoccupied for weeks on end. Before it’s that time of year, find out how to keep your possessions and your accommodation safe over the holiday period.

Aberdeen’s harsh winters can cause pipes to freeze if they’re not in use. Take the necessary precautions to avoid this happening.

Follow the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s advice and ‘Switch off before you set off’ to avoid risk of fire and be wary of lighting outdoor fires in the summer weather.