A third of students become victims of theft or burglary, with roughly 20 per cent of student robberies occurring in the first six academic weeks.

Students are commonly seen as easy targets with laptops and smartphones often low security in their homes with little awareness of the danger.

Jim Maddan, chairman of the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network, said: “The majority of burglaries are opportunistic and criminals will often simply choose the easiest-looking target.”

Rebecca Robson, DMU Vice-President Welfare and Community,  emphasises the importance of locking windows and doors before going out, as well as keeping to well-lit areas and staying aware of your surroundings as measures to help prevent becoming a victim.

Rebecca adds: “There are a number of ways students can make their homes safer.

“An easy one for this time of year is to get a light timer from one of the big supermarkets, they usually cost a couple of pounds and automatically turn lights on and off.

“This can make it look like people are in the house even if they’re not.

“Equally hiding valuables from view when you are out and shutting curtains can discourage burglars. Also, while it’s not preventative, getting insurance can really help – most halls of residence have it automatically, while you may need to buy some if you are in private houses.”

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