Keeping your place safe this Christmas

Heading home home this season? Keep your student pad safe with these tips.


Lock your bedroom windows, your door (if you can) and double check the communal spaces. Speak to your housemates about who will be the last one to leave and get them to double check the backdoor and the bathroom window before they go - and triple check the front door lock too!

Out of sight…

If you’re leaving any valuables behind, make sure you tuck them out of sight. If the worst happens and someone does break in, don’t have all the best bits on display for them to choose from. Maybe think about taking home anything you’d be especially devastated about losing. 

Feeling hot, hot, cold

Being in Portsmouth, it’s rare that it gets to really freezing temperatures - but it does happen! If you can, set your heating really low and use the timer for it to come on for an hour every day. This will stop your pipes freezing and the house being too much like an icebox when you get back!

Driving home for Christmas

Don’t post too much on social media when you’re heading home, especially if your profiles aren't private. If your posts are geo-tagged then they’ll know where your house is, and that no one is home!


Now would be a great time to clean out your fridge and cupboards. Remember that bag of potatoes you bought during freshers week, ate one and realised freezer chips were much easier? They’re now at the back of your cupboard starting a family all of their own. You also don’t want to be coming home to yoghurt in your fridge that’s a good month out of date. Trust me, it’s not worth it. And if you have anything in your cupboards that you realised you probably won’t eat, why not donate it to a food bank?

Christmas lights

No, not the brightly coloured flashing ones. Why not get timed switches? This way, when it gets dark out, a couple of lamps will come on for a few hours, making people think you’re home. This can deter burglars if they think someone might still be in the house.

Here is a quick checklist for the last housemate to leave to go through to be as safe and secure as possible:

  • That the fridge is empty of perishables.
  • The bins are put out.
  • All plugs turned off at the socket.
  • The gas is turned off and heating adjusted.
  • The water is shut off.
  • Lights are set on a timer.
  • All valuables are hidden away safely.
  • All doors and windows are securely locked.


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