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Just moved into your student accommodation? No matter whether it’s your first time living away from home, or you’re starting your final year, it’s important to consider the safety and security of your belongings and those living at your accommodation as you go about your day.

So, to help improve the level of security at your accommodation below are some simple steps for you to follow.

1. Keep it shut
Burglaries can happen because doors or windows are left open. So, when you’re leaving your accommodation always make sure you close windows and lock doors behind you as you head out – don’t make it easy for someone to get in!

2. Hide any valuables
When you’re not in your room or flat, don’t leave any money or valuable items such as phones or laptops on display. Keep them hidden and out of sight so anyone looking to break in will struggle to find anything of value.

3. Hang onto your keys
Keep your keys and fob into the building and your room on your person at all times and don’t lend them to anyone else. If you lose your keys and/or fob, you should report it to reception immediately so that the access can be cancelled, and replacement ones can be issued.

4. Don’t let strangers into the building
If you’re accessing the building or flat, it’s only natural to hold the door open for the person coming in behind you. But you shouldn’t allow for anyone you don’t know to follow you into the building/flat/room. Any visitors to the accommodation should be signed in at reception.

5. Lock up your bike
If you’re bringing a bike to university with you, be sure to secure it in the designated bicycle storage area at your accommodation. Even if it is kept in the bicycle storage area, you should still keep it locked up with a quality lock to minimise the chances of it being stolen.

Combined with an on-site management team, electronic door entry systems, intercoms and CCTV, following the above steps will help to ensure that everyone who lives with us enjoys a high standard of security and the safest possible environment 24/7.

If you have any questions about our student accommodation or living with Host at The Hivecontact us and our friendly team will be happy to help.