Top Tips - Keeping your property safe and secure

Renting a property is a popular housing option for many individuals and families, offering flexibility and convenience.

However, looking after your property and ensuring the security of your rented home is essential to protect your belongings, your loved ones, and your peace of mind. Whether you're moving into a new property or have been renting for a while, here are some of Seekers’ top tips to help you keep your property safe and secure.

Secure Doors and Windows

A surprising number of burglaries occur due to unlocked doors and windows. Always ensure that all doors and windows are securely locked before leaving your property or going to bed. That includes exterior doors like your garage door. 

Use Timers for Lights

When you're away from your rented property for an extended period of time, for example going on holiday or returning home for semester breaks, consider using timers for lights. Setting lights to turn on and off at specific times can create the illusion of someone being home, deterring potential burglars.

Be Mindful of Spare Keys

Avoid leaving spare keys under doormats, plant pots, or any other easily accessible places outside your property. Instead, give spare keys to a trusted neighbour or friend.

Secure Valuables

If your rental property in Newcastle does not have a safe, consider purchasing a small lockbox to secure valuable items like important documents, jewellery and cash.

Insure Your Belongings

Whilst you are renting a property you may wish to insure your belongings, also known as contents insurance. This type of insurance covers your belongings including any furniture, electrical items, jewellery, clothes and accessories you may have within the property

Be Cautious with Strangers

Be cautious when allowing strangers into your home, especially if they claim to be utility workers or service providers. Your landlord or property management company should notify you in good time of any maintenance or repairs being carried out on the property. So always ask for identification and verify their credentials with the respective company or your landlord before granting them access to your property.

Protect Your Personal Information

Be cautious about sharing your personal information, such as travel plans, on social media platforms. Broadcasting your absence from home can make your property vulnerable to theft. Save sharing your vacation photos for after your return.

Get to Know Your Neighbours

Building a strong relationship with your neighbours is one of the best ways to enhance security. Knowing your neighbours allows you to watch out for each other's properties, report suspicious activities, and share information about any local security concerns. A friendly and supportive neighbourhood can act as an additional layer of protection for your home.

Communicate with Your Landlord

Maintain open communication with your landlord or property management team regarding any security concerns. They may have suggestions or be willing to make improvements to enhance the property's security.

Be Vigilant and Trust Your Instincts

Always trust your instincts. If something feels off or suspicious, take precautions and report any concerning activities or anti-social behaviour to the appropriate local authorities, your landlord or property management team.

Prioritising the security of your rented property is paramount to ensuring the safety of you and your belongings. By following Seekers’ top tips, you can create a secure and comfortable living environment for yourself and your loved ones.

Here at Seekers, we pride ourselves on understanding that our student properties in Newcastle are more than just four walls, they are a home for our tenants. That is why we provide our tenants with high quality rental properties in locations across Newcastle and Gateshead, including properties in Jesmond, student accommodation in the Quayside, Fenham, and Newcastle City Centre. For more information or to view our properties, contact the Seekers team who will be happy to assist you.