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Students own more small, expensive and easily sold consumer items like phones, MP3 players, cameras, tablets and laptops than a typical family household, which makes rich pickings for burglars. Be careful not to become an easy target.

  • Always lock your external doors with the key, even when you are in the property, to reduce the risk of burglary. If any locks are faulty, speak to your landlord to get them fixed

  • Don't leave your valuables on show

  • If your accommodation has shared access, be careful who you let into the communal areas and don't let people follow you into the property if you don't know who they are

  • If you buy new expensive items don't leave the packaging outside next to your bin, instead take it to a recycling bin or to the tip

  • If there is access at the back of the property, always make sure that gates are locked and fences are secure

  • If you leave the property during the holidays, take your valuables with you or arrange to leave them with friends or family until you return

It's also a good idea to register your valuables on,  where you can record all of the serial numbers of your goods. If they are stolen the Police will work with second hand stores to try and retrieve your belongings by searching the database.



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Badly fitted and poorly serviced appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas which can kill quickly with no warning.

Know the 6 main signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning - don't mistake the symptoms for a hangover.

If you think a gas appliance is faulty turn it off and let your landlord know immediately.

In an emergency call the gas emergency helpline on 0800 111 999.

If you feel unwell, seek medical help immediately.



If you need to contact the Police for a non-emergency, please call 101. If you require immediate Police or other emergency services call 999.



Smoke detectors should be provided in your property. It's important to check them once a week. Strobe light and vibrating pad alarms are available for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Contact Kent Fire and Rescue Service for advice and where necessary, fit new alarms.

  • Don't use a chip pan, instead buy a thermostat controlled fat fryer

  • Don't leave pans or grills unattended while cooking

  • Never pour water onto a fat fire or attempt to carry a hot or burning pan

  • Portable heaters should be at least 1 metre away from furnishings

  • Some tenancy agreements state that you should not burn candles in the property. Candles should always be put in an appropriate holder and not left unattended or placed near furnishings

  • Dispose of cigarettes correctly making sure they are put out properly and never smoke in bed

  • If you suspect a faulty gas or electric appliance do not use it and report any faults to the landlord.



You should be aware that the making of hoax calls is a criminal offence.  Making a hoax call is not only illegal - it is also dangerous. Fire crews and other emergency services sent out in response to a hoax, call cannot attend a real emergency. Following up these calls puts lives and properties at extra risk.



Make sure you are prepared should an emergency arise:

  • Plan an escape route and make sure everyone knows how to escape

  • Make sure exits are kept clear

  • The best route is the normal way in and out of your home

  • Think of a second route in case the first one is blocked

  • Take a few minutes to practice your escape plan

  • Review your plan if the layout of your home changes

  • Keep the door and window keys where everyone can find them, however, do not leave keys in door locks as this could attract burglars.



Ensure that you have the appropriate household insurance and that important documents are kept in a secure place i.e. safe from fire and flood.



Personal safety should be top of your agenda at all times, not just when you’re coming home from a night out but just popping out to the shops.

  • Remember that flashy all singing all dancing phone looks great in your hand but will also be highly sought after by others.  Keep your phone out of sight and in a secure place on yourself

  • Don’t choose the short cut through an unlit park or derelict piece of land especially if you’re walking alone

  • If you go out with a group, stay with the group or ensure that you all know where the other is

  • Keep your house keys safe, your landlord/agent will charge you for any late night early morning call outs for lost keys.

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