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Security tips for students

Monday, 04 October 2021

Security tips for students

Whether you’re a first-year or third-year student, the chances are you’ll be moving into new accommodation – either university halls of residence or a private rented flat or house.

Students are often targeted for their high-value laptops, games consoles, tablets, and smartphones which are left in plain sight. No matter where you’ll be staying, you need to make sure that you keep yourself and your belongings as safe as possible.

Here the team at LockShop Direct explain how simple things, like padlocks, security safes, and setting your social platforms to private, can put you and your parents’ minds at ease. 


Check the window and door locks

The windows and doors are the common entry points of burglars, so you want to be confident that they can withstand attack.

If you spot any wobbly handles or sticking door locks – either on the main door to the property or your room – be sure to report it to the site manager so they can rectify the issue immediately. It’s also worth checking the locks on the windows in your room. These should have appropriate locks fitted and be in excellent working order.


Keep valuables secure

Sometimes, you might not need to take all of your belongings with you, and although you’d expect them to be perfectly safe in your room, it’s best if you keep them hidden from view.

Opting to hide things under your bed or at the back of your wardrobe will make your room a less tempting target for opportunists who look through your window. Alternatively, if your budget allows, you could invest in a safe big enough to store your expensive possessions and secure the door with a padlock.


Don’t overshare on social media

Whether you’re going to watch the football at a local pub, drinking cocktails in town, studying late at the library, or going home for the weekend, try to refrain from posting too much about it online.

Savvy criminals can track your movements on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat and establish a “safe” time to break into your student house – especially if your profile isn’t private!


Use a padlock

If you’re planning to attend the gym in between lectures, and you’ll be using a locker in the changing room to stow your belongings safely, you’re going to need a padlock. Likewise, if you’ve decided to take your bike to university, instead of your car, having a padlock will allow you to secure it when you’re not riding it.

There are various padlocks on the market today – many of which are available to purchase online at LockShop Direct. Whilst the majority are supplied with keys, you’ll also find that some can be opened using a numerical code or smartphone app.


Get in touch

For more tips on keeping yourself and your possessions safe and secure at university, contact the team at LockShop Direct today. We are always on hand to assist and will be more than happy to share our expertise.

If you’d like to know more about the padlocks we supply, or for help choosing the best one for your security needs and budget, call 0330 174 0851

Author: Innocent Olwo

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