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How To Protect Your Student Property Against The Risk Of Burglary

How To Protect Your Student Property Against The Risk Of Burglary
At Blue i, we work really hard to help keep our tenants safe and our landlords’ properties secure. So we were very concerned when a tenant recently forgot to lock one rear window, causing the property to be burgled. Just leaving one window unlocked led to burglars rifling through their possessions, the theft of over £1,500 worth of gifts and jewellery (including a collection of Pandora bracelets) and the loss of a laptop with four months of notes and essays that had not been backed up. The really disturbing thing about this incident was that the burglars were interrupted by the tenants and used a sofa to block a door so that they could escape.
 

Not surprisingly, this has had a big impact on our tenants. As well as the practical loss of valuable items, there’s also the emotional upset and the feeling of insecurity - despite the house being well secured, but for the unlocked window. There was also the time spent waiting for the Police and waiting on the phone to the insurance agents, plus the break in concentration from studying to security mode. Even though this burglary was a direct result of the back window being left open, we thought it would be helpful to add the extra safeguard of a security light at the back of the house and advised the landlord to do this.
 
When it comes to keeping your student property (and your own property!) secure, our advice is:
 
Check it out
 
The reality is that we’re all at risk of being targeted by opportunist burglaries so it’s good to get into a habit of making “last thing at night” security checks. This will ensure that you know that all windows and doors are secured. If our tenants had just checked and locked that back window, they would have saved themselves a great deal of distress.
 
Insure your stuff
 
Make sure that you have contents insurance cover, as you never know when you might have devices stolen, lost or broken. Endsleigh do a good one for students. It may be tempting to skip contents insurance when you’re on a tight budget, but it could prove to be a very good investment in the long run!
 
Back up
 
This is an essential for every student. Always make a back-up of crucial work like your thesis, dissertation or presentations on an external hard drive, a memory stick or on the cloud! Memory sticks are very cheap and with Wi-Fi being almost everywhere, there’s no excuse for not having some back-up. Just think of the stress of having to do that work all over again if it goes missing…
 
Take a sideways view
 
Keeping the front door secure is pretty obvious. But it can be all too easy to overlook side gates. Don’t forget that they can provide a great entrance for wannabe burglars so make sure you keep side gates locked at all times.
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