13 Things You Need To Know About Security at University
Whether you’re returning or going for the first time, September is an exciting month for all students. But don’t let that turn sour by getting your laptop stolen in the first week of term. That’s right, we’re talking about personal security – not those guys who let you back in to your room when you can’t find your key.
1. You need to take a doorstop, obviously.
You want to make friends after all.
2. But don’t leave it open when you’re not around.
You don’t know who’s going to be invited (or not) into your flat.
3. Not only is it possible to lock your key in your room, you’ll probably do it at least once a week.
Store some essentials in the kitchen for emergencies.
4. And if you lose any of your keys or fobs, you’ll have to pay money you don’t have to replace them.
5. In fact, you should probably revert back to your awkward teenage years and attach a chain to your belt.
2004 is on trend, right?
6. Beware tailgaters. Not everyone on campus is a student and people actively target Halls.
7. There’s a good chance you’ll get a ground floor bedroom at some point at university – close and lock your windows if you do.
Simple, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t.
8. Walking home is cheaper than a taxi, and you get to stop off for a chicken burger on the way back – just don’t do it alone.
You have friends thanks to that doorstop. Stay with them and avoid trouble.
9. And if there’s a dark and dodgy shortcut through an alley, just take the long way round.
Well-lit roads ftw.
10. When you nip out, don’t leave a note on your door telling the world that your room/house is empty.
11. A lot of student gyms require you to take your own padlock.
You don’t want to leave all your belongings unguarded while you update your Insta with your #progress.
12. You probably won’t need a car as a student, but a bike is a good alternative. You’ll be needing a decent lock for that, too.
58% of bikes stolen weren’t locked at the time, and only 2.4% are recovered. Don’t be this guy.
13. And when you’re having a big house party, it’s tempting to let anyone and everyone in.
But it goes without saying that you shouldn’t. You could wake up the next day with a mighty hangover, a messy house and a no more valuables.