With everything that goes on at uni it can be difficult to remember those simple little things that make a huge difference
But don't wait until it's too late, start doing these things NOW to keep you and your belongings safe in halls...
- Keep your flat door locked
While leaving the door on the latch is easy, you can't guarantee everyone in your block is a hall member and/or someone you can trust. Get in the habit of taking your keys everywhere - lanyards are great invention for keeping them handy.
- Lock your room door
Yes, even when you run down the hall for a cup of tea or to hop in the shower. You don't want to give anyone easy access to your valuables.
- Keep windows locked
When you aren't in your room or kitchen, be sure to keep your windows locked to stop people accessing your room, or reaching in for your valuables.
- Don't let strangers tailgate you into halls
If they say they're visiting someone, have them wait outside and get in touch with the person to let them in themselves.
- Be careful with your keys
NEVER label your keys, and keep them with you at all times. If you do lose them, don't depend on your roommate to keep letting you in, thinking they'll just "pop up". Report it as anyone could be accessing your room while you're out.
- Keep an eye on your belongings
If you’re in a social area, keep your laptop, iPad and phone with you at all times. You might go to clear your head just as someone happens to walk by and see unattended belongings...
- Switch off electricals
Don't leave laptops and phones on charge when leaving your room or while you're sleeping, and always turn off straighteners and lamps.
- Kitchen appliances
Always double check once you've finished cooking that all hobs and ovens are turned off, and set timers so you don't forget about your food! Rock hard pizza aside, you don't want to be THAT person who sets off the fire alarm.
- Don't forget the iron
It might be rare that you use it, but in case somebody does on the odd occasion always check your iron is switched off and out of the way, before leaving the flat.
- Register your positions
In the event of an off-moment where you forget to lock up and look after your things, remember, immobilise.
Essays, phone contacts, and your well-stocked iTunes playlist aside, you don't want to lose or destroy expensive valuables because of a rash decision to leave them unprotected or in danger.
You also don't want to put yourself or others in danger by forgetting little things like switching something off.