Birmingham student house burgled whilst students were on a night out
Last week a student house in Edgbaston, Birmingham has been ruthlessly broken into and robbed.
While the tenants, second-year students from Birmingham City University, were out celebrating their friends birthday a burglar had smashed through their door lock and forced their way into the house.
After returning from their night out, the students came home to a broken front door. Thankfully all of the residents are safe, although they described the whole experience as ‘shocking’ and have said that it has left them feeling ‘shaken up’. Two MacBooks, three PS4 controllers, a phone and video games are some of the things that were stolen. The students warned their friends via Facebook asking others to be cautious and take extra precautions to protect their house and belongings.
Here are some tips to help you prevent your home from being broken into:
1. Avoid sharing that you are out on social media until you get back home
Although it's tempting, this could help criminals know when you're not at home.
2. Make sure to change the locks on your door when you move in (if possible) or ensure that the deadbolts are locked
If you're worried about security, you can always ask your landlord to make the house more secure.
3. Install cameras in your house
This will act as a deterrent and can also help catch criminals if your house is broken into.
4. Hide your valuables or get a safe
Try to hide things in places which aren't obvious.
5. Leave the radio on and when you're leaving the house and turn lights on if you go out at night
These simple tricks are a great way to make it seem like you're at home.
6. Make sure your expensive possessions are not visible from the windows
Close all curtains and turn on lamps to make it look like you're home before you go out.
7. Install security alarms
You can talk to your landlord about getting these fitted.
8. Lock all the doors and gates
This goes without saying, you don't want to make it easy for someone to walk straight into your house.
9. Have an insurance that would cover robbery
If you do fall victim to a burglary, you'll want to know that your possessions are covered.