Ensure the doors are locked

Students across Nottingham are being warned to protect their property if they are going home for Christmas.

With holidays on the horizon the Students’ Union are urging students to lock up to prevent burglaries and theft.

If you are in private rented accommodation in either a flat or a house, remember these things before you go home for the festive season:

  1. If your house is going to be vacant, ensure that all windows and doors are locked and if you have a burglar alarm, remember to set it.

2. Let your landlord know that the house is going to be vacant and when you plan to return.

3. During December and January, it is likely the temperature will drop below zero degrees, so remember to keep the heating ticking over to prevent your pipes from freezing over. Setting the heating on a timer for a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the evening may save you from burst pipes and potential flooding.

4. Ensure that all lights are turned off, you do not want to keep your electricity ticking over when you are not there.

5. Empty your fridge of anything that is short dated. You do not want to return in January to mouldy food or milk in the fridge.

6. Do not announce on social media that you are going away for more than three weeks and that your house is empty. Student houses are prime targets for burglaries.

7. Remember to cancel any deliveries to your house as you are more than likely not going to return back there until after the Christmas and New Year’s period.

8. Check the taps are all shut as water bills do add up quickly and you do not want to check your bills after Christmas and be in shock.