5 tips for keeping your valuables safe at university

We’ve written fairly extensively on the necessity of purchasing a Student Travel Insurance Plan before you leave for university, but being proactive when it comes to ensuring your valuables are protected goes a long way.

This is especially true when you’re at university where you are surrounded by hundreds of people each day in places like the classroom, library or your local coffee shop. With so many people around, it’s important to keep your belongings safeguarded at all times to minimise the risk of theft.

These 5 tips can help you keep your stuff safe on campus:

Make a list of your valuables  including makes, models and serial numbers where it applies. Write down any details you might need if anything goes missing such as phone numbers to cancel bank cards, phone contracts and to access benefits of your insurance policy. Make sure that you have photocopies of any important documents such as your passport and that these are stored separately to the original versions.

Secure all valuables!  It is easy to forget to put valuables in a safe place, especially when you are in a hurry. Consider investing in a small safe for expensive jewelries and other valuables, even your passport.

Do not leave your valuables unattended, especially your laptop.  If you’re carrying it around, put it inside a larger bag rather than making it obvious by carrying it only in its case. Back up your work on mobile storage devices, external hard drives or by using a website such as Dropbox

Keep your doors and windows locked at all times. You may be tempted to leave your bedroom door unlocked if you’re only leaving for a short time, but you never know who can have access to your residence when you are not present. Locking your door can be an easy way to help secure your belongings. Refrain from loaning your keys to anyone, including close friends. This helps minimise the risk of someone entering your place without your knowledge.

Get insured! Despite taking preventive measures to protect your stuff, it may not always stop thieves. Purchasing a content insurance policy can help you prepare for the unexpected, as it may help replace your belongings if they are stolen or damaged.

If, despite your precautions you are still burgled, do not waste time. Report the theft as soon as you are aware that it has happened.

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