There's been a series of burglaries in Coventry and we want to make sure you're staying safe and keeping yourself (and your stuff) protected.
To make sure you don't become a victim of theft follow our top preventative tips!
- Don't give burglars an open invitation
Keep your windows and doors shut and locked, especially when you're not there! Leaving your door unlocked and ajar makes it a quick in-and-out job for thieves.
*Tip: Avoid leaving notes on your door saying you're away or 'back soon' - instead tell your friends face-to-face so they can act as an unofficial watch while you're out.
- Protect your valuables
Computers, cash, electrical goods, and jewellery are among the most commonly stolen items, so make sure you hide your valuables when leaving your room/flat/house.
*Tip: If you're registered on Immobilise it will be easier for police to locate your stolen property! So if you haven't already, register on Immobilise now.
- Invest in a bike lock
It may seem obvious to lock your bike up, but still, some fail to do so. For maximum protection use two different locks simultaneously (a D-lock and robust chain and padlock is ideal).
*Tip: You can get these from University Protection Services for only £5! For more bike safety tips check out our #Dontbedaft: Cycling Series.
- Stay street smart on nights out
After evenings out (having sampled the local nightlife or not) travel home with friends or in a reputable, licenced taxi. If you do walk home, stick to main roads and avoid poorly lit areas - especially dodgy looking shortcuts and dingy alleyways.
*Tip: Carry a personal attack alarm for extra safety. You can get one from University Protection Services for only £2.25!
- Avoid 'checking in' and be aware of what you're sharing
Make sure you're aware of what you're posting and sharing on social media. Sharing your location and/or checking in at places online can alert burglars you're not home. Posting images of new/expensive items can also be risky and make you a target.
*Tip: Check your settings to ensure that you're only sharing status updates with people you know and trust.