Students Targeted In Burglaries In Manchester
As a locksmiths in Manchester, we regularly get called out to repair door locks and window locks that have been broken. We are seeing a trend in Manchester of thieves targeting student accommodation and there are many reasons for this.
Landlords on a budget
Landlords tend to hold back on budget when it comes to repairs and upgrading locks, many homes we have visited in the student areas of Fallowfield, Rusholme, Levenshulme, Didsbury and Burnage have old door locks and window locks that even the untrained burglar could break into. It is a good idea to upgrade those locks as it can save money in the longterm for you the landlord and make your property more desirable to let too. We provide a full landlord security survey for your property, we can check the door locks, window locks and any other locks in the area.
Location within Manchester
The student areas tend be surrounded by areas of high crime, so it is an easy target for thieves to get away and back to their area. Students are an easy target too as they are seen to have more items in the home such as iPads, Laptops and other electrical accessories so it makes sense for a criminal to stay local and go for the easy target.
We found a great article on the Manchester council website that shows the crime stats on students and buy to let properties throughout Manchester Salford, the page gives very insightful information that you should read through and would be good for Landlords to look at too so that students can be protected while they are in Manchester studying. Visit the Manchester council website for more information on this subject.
Here is the information and tips from the Manchester council website on how to protect your property while you are at University in Manchester
- Keep anything of value out of sight – do not leave laptops or other valuables on display or close to windows
- If you buy expensive items, don’t leave the empty boxes outside your house, rip them up and put them in the recycling bin or take them to a recycling centre.
- Use a light timer. They are a low cost way to make the house look occupied and you can buy these at most supermarkets and DIY stores.
- Remember to set the house alarm, if you have one.
- Keep cards and chequebooks separate. Keep a copy of your card/s details in a safe, secure place so you can cancel them quickly in the event of them being stolen.
- ID theft – people rifle through bins so invest in a shredder and use it to destroy your bank statements and other personal correspondence.
- Don’t forget to insure your personal belongings. You might think it’s cheaper to take the risk rather pay for insurance, but it would cost you an awful lot more to replace stolen valuables.
- Keep lists of the make, model and serial numbers of your electronic items to help Police track them down if they are stolen. Take photographs of jewellery and other small valuable items. Secure bikes at home inside a locked shed or garage or by locking them to an immovable object.
- Mark your valuables with a UV pen and register them free onhttp://www.immobilise.com/. Both these tactics will make your valuables less attractive to thieves and increase their chances of being returned to you if they are stolen.
(Taken from Manchester Council Website – click link above to view the full page)