Student houses are often targeted by burglars, and this blog post shares security tips for both students and landlords.
House Security Tips For Students
Moving into your first student home can be a really exciting change.
Unfortunately, however, due to their lack of high quality security, easily accessible locations and vast collections of electronic items, student houses are becoming the number one target for thieves and break ins, and are becoming one of the biggest threats for landlords and tenants alike.
So, what can you do to protect your houses, possessions and yourselves should the worst happen?
Make room in your budget for security
Whether it’s investing in a safe, setting up CCTV, or locking your bikes inside at night, there are so many ways you can protect your items should a burglar attempt a break in.
By spending that little more on keeping your valuables safe, you can help protect yourself from an even greater cost should they be stolen.
Always lock your door
Sounds obvious right? In our day to day work we often visit student accommodation while the tenants are not home, accessing the property with a master key to carry out repairs. In 30-40% of cases when there is no one home the front door is unlocked on our arrival. Make it every ones responsibility to lock the door behind them rather than leaving it to someone else.
Register your valuable goods with the Police
One easy way to protect all electrical goods like phones, TV’s, cameras, laptops, PCs, gaming equipment and entertainment systems from being traded second hand if stolen is to register them with the police online. By registering your valuables with this database, if they do, unfortunately, end up getting stolen, their details will be flagged up should they be re-sold online – hopefully helping you to claim them back. Each item takes less than 5 minutes to complete, and can protect as many pieces of tech you can find.
Be Careful on Social Media
We’ve all heard the stories of the students up on Albert Grove. The ones who created a Twitter profile for their house, and uploaded a picture of them all on a night out with the hashtag #OutTilLate…And then came back to find their £300 laptops stolen and their £500 speakers trashed.
There are so many ways to get hold of someone’s address, house number, and street name through social media – try to avoid making it even easier for people to find you, especially when advertising a big empty student house.
Don’t leave broken locks, damaged windows or lost keys to ‘deal with another day’
The sooner you can alert your landlord to any security issue in your house, the safer you and your housemates will be. So, if you’ve lost or misplaced your key outside of your house, you need to let your landlord or estate agent know as soon as possible so they can change the locks.
And no matter whether it’s an upstairs window or down, a broken window is still an entrance into your home for any unwanted visitors. Avoid trying to board it up or fix the lock yourself, there are professional services to do that for you.
Student House Security Tips for Landlords
Students aren’t the only ones at risk from break ins or theft, as many landlords will also suffer the consequences too. Whether it’s replacing an expensive TV, repairing damage or vandalism in the property or missing out on an insurance claim due to poor security features, the recovery cost of a break in can really add up – so it’s worth looking at our list of simple but effective ways to protect your tenants, and yourselves, from a five-finger threat.
Run safety checks once tenants have moved in
As well as checking the house is secure whilst empty, it’s also important to make sure your tenants are keeping it safe during their stay there.
Running spot or scheduled safety checks for hazards such as faulty locks, visible entrances and open gates can give you a rough idea of just how easy it would be for a stranger to break in, and allows you to warn your tenants of the dangers they are placing themselves in.
Fit extractor fans in bathrooms and kitchens
Where possible, take the time to fit extractor fans in both the bathroom and kitchens of your properties. This built-in ventilation will prevent students opening windows (and leaving them open) to release steam or smoke, giving burglars an entrance into the house.
Night Lights and Spy Holes
Even small security features such as these can make a huge difference to how secure your property can be. Allowing your tenants to clearly view anyone approaching the house can keep them alert to strangers on the property, as well as help them to provide a description later should they need to make a police report.
We hope you find these tips useful, and that they’ve encourage you to secure your own home! For any questions or further advice on home or student security, don’t hesitate to Tweet Us or contact us here: 0115 942 2315.