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Protect your home at Christmas

As Christmas approaches, make sure you keep your home safe and secure, whether you are living in halls or in private accommodation.

Here are some Safer Students tips to keep you safe at home :

At home

  • close and lock windows, especially if they are at ground floor level, above flat roofs, close to drainpipes or in reach of fire escapes
  • avoid ‘letterbox burglaries’: never hang or leave your keys anywhere near your letter box or window
  • don’t leave spare keys under obvious places like mats, pots or bricks – thieves know about these places
  • don’t leave valuable items on show
  • mark your property with a UV marker pen or standard permanent marker pen. Register your property for free on and help the police r
  • eunite items to their rightful owner.

Some preparation

  • don’t label your keys with your address, just have your name and contact number, and don’t give your address if they are found: just ask for them to be taken to a police station for you to collect
  • make sure you have adequate insurance: bicycles, mobile phones and laptops are not automatically covered in your home contents insurance

When the doorbell rings

  • keep strangers at your door and always ask for identification
  • live in halls? don’t allow people you don’t know to tailgate behind you on entry to your building – if you are suspicious of anyone, call security on extension 3333

 Where can I find more information?

You can find more Safer Students tips on personal safety, property registration, theft prevention, computer security and what do to if you are a victim of crime at

You can also talk to the University’s  Police Liaison Officer, PC Dave Fairbrother at
T: 02392 84 5989 (ext. 5989 on University internal telephones).
M: 07793 369726

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