Security advice for Redland students during burglary 'peak season' in Bristol.
By Laura_Local | Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 09:30
Students in Redland are being warned to be extra cautious with security at the moment as figures show student houses are much more likely to be burgled this time of year.
Student houses - burglar magnet?
Safer Bristol is urging people to take a few steps to ensure their home and their belongings are safe from would-be thieves. January often sees a peak in burglary and students and other young people in shared flats are three times more likely to be burgled than any other group in the Bristol area, as elsewhere.
Although burglary incidents are down it is students and other young group flat or house tenants that are particularly vulnerable, says Peter Anderson, Crime and Substance Misuse Manager for Safer Bristol, part of Bristol City Council.
Cllr Guy Poultney, Cabinet Members for Neighbourhoods, said: "With students coming back from their Christmas holidays with new laptops, mobile phones and other expensive things that are easy to steal and sell, we want them to be aware of simple things they can do to keep safe."
The advice is simple but its vital that everyone sharing a house or flat follows it or every occupant is vulnerable...
* Always Lock your room, flat and the buildings front door.
* Use all locks that are fitted including all window locks.
* If there is an alarm set it.
* Use timer switches to turn on the lights.
* Keep all valuables out of sight.
* If you've moved to a new place ask the landlord to fit a new door lock as other people may have keys.
* Register your possessions on the immobilise website www.immobilise.com so, that if belongings are found the police can trace them back to you.
* Never let people follow you into a communal entrance if you dont know them.
* Never buzz anyone into your accommodation without checking they are genuine visitors.
* Never leave a window open when you go out.
* Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place.
* Never give door codes to delivery companies.
If you have an emergency ring 999 or to contact the police for a non emergency ring 101. If you have any information on crimes that have been committed you can ring Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.
More information is available from www.bristolneighbours.co.uk