Student-life comes with some excellent experiences. You study a degree you’re passionate about, live away from the rents for the first time and hopefully have a great social life too. But sometimes the struggle gets a bit real, with stresses like exam preparation, assignment deadlines, kitchen rota politics and, for some unlucky students, burglaries. Unfortunately, students sometimes fall victim to walk-in burglaries because they can be seen as easy targets. Yet, there are ways you can reduce the risk of it happening, as well as methods to make it easier for police to retrieve your stolen items if it does.
Lock your doors and windows
Some burglars get into houses through doors or windows that have been left unlocked or even open. Be sure to lock your doors and windows at night, whenever you go out and also when you are in a different part of the house. If your house or flat has outside gates, it’s worth making sure those are locked too. It helps if you live in a house with strong and secure doors and windows, with double locks or dead locks, as these make it harder for burglars to break in. Burglaries happen during the day, as well as at night, so make sure you lock up after yourself even if you’re rushing to get to a lecture.
Hide your possessions
Burglars often target a house if they have seen something of interest, so leaving your belongings on show can raise your risk of being burgled. Don’t leave things like your money or your phone out on the side. Also, keep laptops and games consoles out of sight when you aren’t using them. For example, take that Xbox One back up to your room when you’ve finished your flat session on Fifa in the living room. Don’t leave any valuables close to windows or doors either, where burglars can quickly and easily pluck them out of your house.
Make sure it isn’t obvious when you’re away
If you’ve gone back to your parents’ place for the weekend or the holidays, try not to leave any clues to thieves as they might take the opportunity to get in. Things like newspapers and letters stuck in the letter-box are a sign that you’re away, so see if you can get a mate or your landlord to pop round to remove these. If all your lights are off after dark, this is a sign that no one’s home too. It’s worth installing a light timer, which will switch your lights on and off at particular times of the day to make it look like someone is in. These can be bought from plenty of supermarkets and DIY shops.
Protect your things
If you buy any expensive items, rip up the packaging and put it in the recycling bin or take them to a recycling centre. Don’t leave the empty boxes outside your house, where burglars might spot them and realise you have the product in your house. For any electronic items you own, keep a list of the make, model and serial number so that it is easier for the authorities to find them if they are stolen. Take photographs of small valuables, such as jewellery, to show police in case they are stolen. If you have a bike, keep it in a locked shed, a locked garage or in your house, and lock it to something that can’t be moved. It is also worth marking your things with a UV pen and registering them on www.immobilise.com. This will make them less attractive to thieves and police will be able to find them more easily if stolen.
If you feel you want to insure your games console, your TV or any of your other valuables against theft then it might be worth looking at The Insurance Emporium’s Student Insurance. There are a number of Elective Benefits available for this, such as one for Valuables worth up to £3,000 (£1,500 single item limit). If you think this could be useful, in the event that you are the victim of a burglary, then head to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
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