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Theft at university - how to keep your accommodation safe

Theft at university - how to keep your accommodation safe

Every year, one in three 18-year olds start a new chapter of their life at university. The three years or more spent studying can be one of the best experiences of a young adult’s life. The opportunity to learn new skills, meet new friends, and prepare for professional life are just a handful of exciting things to do while at university.

With the good comes the bad though, as an unfortunate reality is that students are particularly susceptible to theft at university. A 2017 report from Direct Line found that one in four students are burgled at university, with 80 percent of student thefts occurring at city universities. In fact, £25 million worth of goods have reportedly been stolen from student accommodation since 2014.

The report also revealed a list of the most stolen goods from students, with high value tech hardware such as laptops, mobile phones, and home entertainment topping the list.

 

Ways to keep your belongings safe

Insure your items:

Sometimes the bad guys win, and when they do, make sure you’ve got yourself covered. Insuring your items means that if they’re lost, stolen, or damaged, then insurers will replace your tech.

Keep social media safe:

Although it’s always tempting to flaunt your tech off to the world, it’s only helping thieves instead of impressing friends. By utilising social media, thieves can see what you own, and with a bit of digging, where to find it.

Lock your room and house:

Coming in after a night out is a time when things may slip your mind, however locking up is essential. Something as simple as sticking a note on the inside of the door can make the difference between theft and safety.

Install a wireless security camera:

This is one of the most advanced methods of home protection, and also one of the easiest. Whilst there are many brands on the market, Blink offer a comprehensive and reliable product that utilises wireless motion activated security technology.

 

Peace of mind for parent and student alike

Blink is a cost-effective solution to having a safer room at university. Installing a wireless motion activated camera such as Blink means a power efficient device will keep a watchful eye on your living space, that has no subscription fee or data storage charges – the perfect one-off purchase.

Blink offers HD video recording, and sends instant alerts to the owner’s smartphone, meaning that people will know exactly what’s happening, when it happens, and victims to theft will have clear video evidence of the incident.

This is especially beneficial for overseas parents who want to keep a watchful eye on their child’s accommodation. In the UK, 19 percent of students studying in higher education are foreign students, with 13 percent of this being students from outside the EU. Being so far away can be difficult, and so Blink will help if anything ever goes wrong in the flat or house.

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