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Security tips to consider before you head home for Christmas

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This months guest blog is from our insurance providers Endsleigh... with just a few handy hints and tips for the upcoming festive season, and ways that you can protect your belongings whilst you're away from Leeds.

When you're rushing around campus handing in assignments and trying to get to lectures on time, it can be easy to let the simple stuff, like locking the front door or closing the windows, slip through the cracks.

"It'll never happen to me", you think to yourself as you head out for a quick seminar leaving your door unlocked. But according to research* by Endsleigh, 46% of students (or someone close to them), have experienced theft from their home, making it all the more important to take extra steps to make sure you, and your belongings, are safe.

But besides protecting your belongings, here are four other reasons why it might be a good idea to lock your door while you're away at university!

*Endsleigh Lifestyle Survey 2017-18

1. You'd lock your front door at home...

...so why do it any different at uni? It can be devastating (and expensive) to have your home or your car broken into, so treat your uni home exactly how you would your parents' house. It's also a good habit to get into for when you move out of student accommodation and live alone for the first time, as at that point you may not even have your flat mates there to remind you to lock up as you leave.

2. Some space to breathe

Sometimes university life can be pretty hectic and you may feel like you never get a moment’s peace. Going to your room for a couple of hours and closing or locking the door to deter visitors may give you some much needed alone time.

3. Keeping track of your keys

We've all been there - when you're in a rush to get to your lecture but your keys are suddenly nowhere to be found (and you can’t remember the last time you used them, either). If you're constantly using your keys as you come and go, then chances are you'll know exactly where they are at all times.

4. Peace of mind

The simplest way to ensure that all your valuables are safe and secure is to lock them safely away whenever you go out. The beauty of halls is that there's an unspoken 'open door' policy, but even if you completely trust your flat mates it’s best to keep your valuables safely out of the way just in case someone you don’t know does manage to get in. For everything that could go wrong, it’s really worth that quick turn of the key to put your mind (and your wallet) at ease.


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