Accommodation: Safety and Home Insurance

  • If you’re not living in halls, get contents insurance.
  • Student properties are frequently targeted by burglars.
  • Be conscious of home security at all times.

Insurance

Contents Insurance: don’t go without it! Your landlord is responsible for insuring the premises but you are responsible for insuring your belongings. Student houses are prime targets for burglars.

Shop around for the right insurance package for your needs.

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Fire Safety

See Fire Safety on the Student Safety and Crime Prevention UniLife Channel.

Home Security

For information about the local Police and PCSO, as well as other crime fighting initiatives please take a look at the Community policing page.

Have a look at the page about Crime prevention and personal safety

Unexpected callers at the door

You can stop cold callers by putting a sign by your door – for example, you can download No Cold Caller Signs from the Moneysavingexpert.com website.

When a stranger is at your door, keep safety in mind:

  • Bogus Callers – Not all thieves break into homes. Some will try to talk their way in and steal stuff while you are distracted. Quite often, bogus callers will claim to be on official business for large utilities companies (gas, water, electricity or phone), workmen carrying out emergency repairs, or even the Council or the Police. This list is not exhaustive so question why anyone needs access to your house if not by appointment. If you think they have a genuine reason to be there, stay with them until they leave and make sure the door is closed and locked behind them.
  • Ask callers for proof of identity – genuine tradesmen should carry an ID card with a photograph. Check the card carefully before admitting the caller to your house – a genuine caller will not mind waiting if you want to ring his company for verification.
  • If you are unsure of a caller’s identity, don’t let them in. Ask the caller to come back at a later time with proof of identity and arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their return.
  • If suspicious – make a note of their description and report the incident to the police.