The Ultimate Student Safety Guide 2014
Posted on Tuesday 11th March, 2014
Are you a prime target?
Criminals tend to target students due to the fact that they often carry high value electronics such as iPods, laptops and smart phones, and are less likely to be security conscious.
Whether you're still living at home or have moved out and living in student accommodation or shared flats, it is important to be aware of your belongings, look after your home and most importantly look after yourself.
Our Top 10 Tips
1. Mark your valuables - Using the student property marking kit, make sure your valuables such as phones, laptops, TVs are marked using the UV pen. Use your university address and parents name, house number and postcode. On the marking card make a list of all the items you have marked and include a serial number and description if possible.
2. Lock up - You may feel like you live with people you trust, however you never know who might be let in or what your house mates might be doing while you leave your room unattended. Lock up your bedroom door even if you're going to the bathroom or kitchen.
Use padlocks and bike locks to secure other valuables such as bikes, cupboards and bags.
3. Be in charge of security - Make sure doors and windows are locked up at night, don't assume someone else will do it. Living away from home for the first time can take some adjustment, but make sure this one is top of your list.
4. Personal Safety - carry a personal safety alarm around with you at all times. We have a range of alarms available. Most can be attached to a keychain and some have bag attachments too. We also have some with an 'in case of emergency' torch which is also great to help find your keyhole in the dark! Male students are at a high risk of being attacked in the street so these alarms are not just for women.
5. Stay safe on a night out -
Think ahead and plan your route home. Book a taxi or or arrange a lift from a friend. If you have to walk or use public transport, stay with friends and make sure you have your personal attack alarm with you. Tell your friends what route you're taking and let them know when you're home safe.
Eat before you go out , drink plenty of water before you go and in between alcoholic drinks.
6. Do not leave valuables in sight. - Keep cash, mobiles, MP3 players, purses etc out of sight from potential thieves, whether you're in the library, in class, in your car or at home. Make sure these items are marked, hidden or even better locked away using a portable safe.
7. If you own a vehicle - Remember that criminals may target cars which look like an easy target. They come to the student areas hoping to find a vehicle with valuables on display including sat - navs, laptops and other electronics. With this in mind, never leave belongings in your car, always lock the windows, doors and sunroof even if its just for a few minutes. Use signs such as the award winning 'Don't Bother Kit' to warn off opportunist thieves. Be aware that the marks left by sat nav suckers can entice a thief. Rub these away using sat-nav cloths.
8. If you own a bike - Mark your bike with using a Bike Marking Kit and make sure you have a decent bike lock. Look out for security ratings and certificates ratings. Any bike lock which is Gold Sold Secure rated is a highly secure bike lock. TheMaster Lock U Bar Bike Lock ticks all of the boxes. Remember, it only takes seconds to steal a bike, so make sure its locked up whenever you leave it.
The Padlock Alarm is a great way to keep your bike secure, and will release an alarm if tampered with. This can be used for bikes, sheds and gates to keep valuables secure.
9. Use Home Alarms - Use home alarms which are easy to install and remove, or portable sensors which don't need to be fixed to a wall. Perfect when you're living in rented accommodation. Motion sensors can be set to chime or alarm so you know who is entering or leaving a property. If you're expecting visitors set to chime, if you're not, set to alarm. You can also use door wedge alarms or door handle alarms to your bedroom door.
10. Protect Windows and Doors - Use mortice locks on doors and locks with removable keys on windows. One of the most popular items of security used by the police is a window shock alarm. This is a great way to protect windows from attack and also deters thieves as the adhesive pad doubles up as a warning sticker.
Use these tips as a guide and it will help to make your independent student journey easier and more enjoyable.
Now all you have to do is remember to get those essays finished in time!
Advice and tips are by Lincolnshire Police and the complete university guide - online.