Common sense safety

28 May 2015

Keep yourself & your belongings safe

It’s really important to remember to not only lock your doors and windows, but to keep yourself and your belongings safe. Students are often seen as an easy target by criminals, so it’s best to keep your wits about you. Chances are you’ll be absolutely fine during your university career, but it’s still a great idea to get in the habit of being security conscious. Here are some of our ideas on how to keep yourself safe:

  1. Personal data storage

    Remember to shred important letters, such as those from your bank, to protect your identity, and when you leave your accommodation it’s really important to remember to change your address with important organisations, so the next lot of unruly students don’t have easy access to your details.

  2. Go home with others

    Don’t go home alone on a night out, particularly if you live more than a short walk away from the clubs. It’s always a good idea to travel in numbers. If you do live quite far out, always get a cab, no matter what the cost, as this is much better than having your wallet taken.

  3. Drink sensibly

    Keep track of how much you’ve had to drink and pace yourself accordingly, remembering to eat before you start drinking. It’s also a good idea to keep hydrated with water throughout the night. Never, ever leave your drink unattended as you’ll either get it nicked or spiked unless you’re lucky.

  4. Your gadgets

    Whenever we buy a new gadget, it represents a significant investment, often both financially and emotionally. We become attached to our gadgets, building up familiarity and loyalty with them over their lifespans, which means that when we lose those gadgets, it can be extremely upsetting. With the right precautions and general common sense though, your gadgets will last you a long time, so here’s some tips on keeping your gadgets safe.

  5. Don’t flash them about

    Walking down the street with your iPhone in your hand, expensive headphones round your neck and a huge laptop bag is just asking for trouble, any way you look at it. Simply put, the best theft protection is to not earmark yourself to criminals by loudly proclaiming your tech credentials. The same goes for at home, to; don’t leave your laptop in view of the window and put away the boxes for your more expensive gadgets too, just to be on the safe side.

  6. Invest in a lock

    Whilst a safe may be a bit excessive, you can never really be too careful when it comes to gadgets, but a Kensington lock is a much more sensible option. Most laptops, or even expensive gadgets, will include a Kensington slot, making the sturdy lock and chain combos easy to use and fit, locking down your gadgets so you know they’re not leaving your room in a hurry.

  7. Use passcodes

    Though it can be really annoying when you’re in a rush, enabling the passcode on your phone, or the password protected screensavers on your PC, can save you a lot of pain should your devices get lost or stolen. The right password can stop thieves from accessing your personal data, so the theft won’t lead to further issues down the line. Having said that, it’s still a good idea to go about changing your passwords if a theft does happen.

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