Burglary is a serious, but very common crime which affects around three quarters of a million households every year.
Even if nothing is stolen, being burgled can really affect you on a personal level.
Some practical ideas for improving home security –
- Try to get damage doors or windows fixed as soon as possible. If you are in rented housing, tell your landlord that you need urgent repairs.
- If you are in a shared property, make sure you all take responsibility – it can be easy to go out assuming that somebody else is at home. Check whether there’s anyone else in, and if not, make sure you close windows and lock doors.
- Do not leave valuables in plain sight through windows; games consoles, tablets and phones are an easy target for thieves
- Don’t let strangers in – this applies to security-controlled Halls of Residence entrances, and can also be an issue if you hold a house party.
- We trongly advise taking out contents insurance fo ryour belongings – Endsleigh insurance have reasonably-priced policies specifically for students.
- You need to let various organisations know if certain things have been taken. Things to check for include bank cards, passports, mobile phones, birth certificates and driving licenses. It’s particularly important to tell banks quickly so that they can prevent fraud and further theft. There’s a full checklist at http://www.victimsupport.org.uk/theftchecklist
- Look at ways of making your home more secure for the future. Some security measures can be expensive, but there are other things you can do that cost much less, such as leaving a light on when you go out and checking that all doors and windows are properly closed and locked.