Student Home Security Tips

There are several tips that can help freshers and returning students to ensure that their home is safe and secure. In this short post we’ll discuss 3 of those tips, including: securing your doors, not leaving spare keys and hiding your valuables.

Secure Your Doors

In many cases, criminals break into the house or flat through the door, either by forcing the lock or by kicking it in. So don’t just rely on a Yale lock.  Make sure your doors are strong and secure with good, solid mortise locks, preferably a five-lever mortise lock (check your insurance requirements). Look for these kinds of security features when you are choosing a property to rent and ask your landlord to upgrade them if you think they are a problem. Source:

Not Leaving Spare Keys

Don’t leave any spare keys under a door mat or flower pot. By leaving a spare key in an easily discovered hiding place you can run the risk of leaving your student accommodation vulnerable to a break-in. Did you know that over 20% of Britons still leave their set of keys hidden in the garden despite it being a high security risk? Source:

Hiding Your Valuables

You might want to show your brand new stereo off to your friends, but don’t show it off to burglars as well. Make sure that nothing valuable can be seen through your windows, and never leave keys, cash or credit cards in full view either. Also be careful about putting posters in the window and letting beer bottles and pizza boxes pile up outside, since these are dead giveaways to any opportunist thief that a bunch of students with lots of expensive goods probably live inside. Source:

Hopefully these tips will help students who may be worried about living without their parents for the first time. If you want to know more about home security options, please give us a call or contact us here.


Mr. Locksmith Calgary
555 Maidstone Drive NE
Calgary, Alberta T2A 4B6
Phone: (403) 800-9185

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