Amid the excitement and pandemonium of Freshers’ Week, it’s important to be aware of personal safety and home security. For many students Freshers’ is the first time living away from home, which can be a pretty unnerving experience.
In order to start the term as you mean to go on, remember to take extra care on move-in day not to leave your room unattended. The hustle and bustle of bags and boxes coming and going can provide the perfect cover for a burglar to strike unnoticed.
Statistics reveal that a whopping one in five students fall victim to crime while studying at college or university. Opportunist burglars target student halls and houses, as bedroom and flat windows and doors are often left unlocked or ajar, making a it a quick and easy job for burglar.
To avoid becoming a student statistic make sure you close and lock all doors and windows when you’re not in – even if you’re only popping out for a few minutes!
It is also advisable to protect your valuables in a safe. Yale offers a value safe, which is ideal for students because it’s affordable and comes in various sizes.
Another top tip when it comes to university safety is to avoid leaving notes on your door telling your friends you’re out or ‘back soon’ - instead tell your friends face-to-face so they can act as an unofficial student watch while you’re out.
Personal safety also needs to be high on your list of priorities. After evenings partying, try to travel home with friends or in a licensed, reputable taxi.
If you do walk home, try to stick to main roads and footpaths and avoid poorly lit areas – especially any dodgy looking shortcuts and dingy alleyways. For peace of mind it’s a good idea to carry a personal attack alarm. Yale’s personal attack alarm is battery operated, with a built in siren and cord loop for convenience. It is simple to activate, easy to carry and discreet.
On top of all this, remember we’re now edging towards the winter and the darker evenings. Statistics show that burglaries can increase by up to 20 per cent during these months, making home security more important than ever. To combat this rise in crime, Yale is now a proud sponsor of National Home Security Month (NHSM), which runs throughout October and is designed to create awareness around home security throughout the dark autumn and winter months.
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