Whether you live in University accommodation, partner accommodation or a private rental, follow this advice to keep you, your property and your friends safer.
Lock your windows and doors
Local evidence from police shows that most burglars enter through unlocked back doors or windows. Talk to your housemates and agree some security rules together – don’t assume someone else will lock up! Accommodation patrols take place from time to time throughout the year to test for insecure front doors. These sometimes find an unlocked front door and no one at home – an obvious risk.
If you’re in a shared student flat, don’t prop open your front doors. This leaves you very vulnerable to unwanted visitors.
Keep valuables out of sight
Don’t leave laptops, phones, wallets etc where they can be seen from outside, eg on a desk next to the window.
Report any problems with locks and alarms
Check your locks are up to standard. If you have an alarm, test it to ensure it’s working correctly. If not, let your accommodation reception team or landlord know immediately.
Be proactive if you find strangers in your accommodation, or someone tries to follow you into a building
They might be friends of your flatmates or staff working to fix a problem, but it’s safest not to assume. A staff member will always show you their ID if they want to come into your flat. Either politely ask why they are there, or call Security on 0121 414 3000.
Plan ahead for the holidays
If your flat or house will left empty for a long period, consider buying a security timer you can attach to a lamp. This will turn a light on at intervals, and makes it look like someone is at home.
The University works in partnership with the Guild and local services to keep you updated.
Visit Guild advice to find out more about tenancies, deposits, your rights and responsibilities.
Visit the Community Wardens page for more information about Selly Oak.