Whether they are going to university for the first time, or returning to study for another year, students will often find themselves in new accommodation – from halls of residence to private rented flats or houses.

Students are one of the highest at-risk groups of crime in the country, often targeted for high value laptops, TVs, and entertainment equipment which are frequently left in plain view and unsecured against intruders. It’s important, therefore, that students are aware of how to keep themselves and their possessions safe.

Safety and security should be top of the agenda for students when they move into a new property, or return to their old digs, as dealing with the effects of crime is a very unsettling and distressing experience. By carrying out these simple measures to maintain a safe and secure property, we can put students’ (and parents’) minds at ease.

It is all too easy to assume that previous residents have handed in their keys and while this may well be the case, it does not mean that extra copies have not been made by either former residents, employees, contractors or even rogue tradesmen. It is important for students and parents to question what locking systems are in place, when they were last replaced and how the copying of keys is controlled.

It is landlord’s’ duty to act in a responsible manner and they should install quality locks with patented keys which cannot be copied without proof of ownership or restricted keys which cannot be easily copied due to their unique design.
Advice for students in halls of residence:
Request information on the locking systems and how key duplication is regulated, recorded and controlled.

Consider taking full details of any valuables and for electronic items, […]