The sun is shining, library books have been returned, and you’ve packed your bags ready to head home for the summer. Before you go, have you taken a moment to consider how safe your student property will be during your summer break?
Typically, student properties are left empty for a few months whilst the residents return home for the summer holidays. To avoid any unwanted attention drawn to the property, we’ve compiled five top tips to keep your student home safe this summer.
1. Sleeping with the light on
A property with a light on means someone must be home, right? If you’re going to be away from home for more than a few weeks, avoid your property being noticeably empty by leaving a light or lamp on. You can adjust your light by a timer so that they switch on at a certain time during the day.
2. Lock all of the windows and doors
It might sound obvious, but spend ten minutes before you leave making sure all of the windows and doors are locked in the property. Even if the top bedroom window is slightly ajar, it’s not worth the risk of a burglary. Having a window or door unlocked could even invalidate your insurance claim in the event of a break-in.
3. Turn the boiler off
To save money and energy, it’s a good idea to turn off the boiler over the summer holidays. Whilst over the winter you’ll need to leave it on to prevent the pipes freezing, over the summer this won’t be an issue due to the warmer temperatures.
4. Hide your items
If you’re not taking all of your belongings home with you, move everything out of sight. If you hide things underneath your bed or into the cupboard, it means you won’t be left vulnerable if someone peeps through the window.
5. Switch off
Make sure all of the appliances, such as TV’s and radios, are switched off at the wall. Not only will this reduce your electricity bill, it also means the house will be safer as there is less risk of a power surge.