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    In my flat in Halls, we all lock our doors at night when sleeping - it's not rude, it's just common sense, what if an intruder got in somehow? I also lock my valuables in my drawers when I go out, shut my window and lock my door.

    We also prop our doors open in the daytime because yeah it feels pretty ignorant when it's shut :p:

    I do trust my housemates it's just extra security
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    (Original post by baby sexy)
    Hello.

    If one is resident in a shared property with people that are known to you, what is the etiquette for securing your bedroom door if it is lockable?

    If I lock my door, I feel like it is letting my housemates think I don't trust them, although I still want my 'stuff' to remain secure.

    What do others do?
    lock it and if someone notices tell him/her it's just a habit
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    I lock mine out of habit, I'm the only one with a lock as I fitted it myself. Won't lock it if sitting in living room watching TV etc. Will lock it if going out, or I'm in my room or sometimes if I'm cooking/grabbing a shower, that's out of habit though due to doing it in halls last year.
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    You should lock it when you're out of the house for insurance purposes. I don't think insurance will pay ut if your door was unlocked. It's not to do with trusting your housemates.
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    Just lock your door. I do. As someone previously said; "better to be safe than sorry!" :]
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    You should definitely lock your door when you're out or asleep, it's perfectly reasonable to do that just in case of someone breaking in.
    Locking it just to go down to the kitchen or whatever makes you look like a weirdo though. :p:
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    Nipping to bathroom: Open.
    Nipping to pick something up in the kitchen: Open.
    Shower, cooking, socialising etc: Locked.
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    Our door automatically locks itself, which is apparently a bit of a pain when you leave the keys in the room... I know someone who's locked herself out three times, and has had to get security to open her door for her.
    It does have the option to be put on the latch, but I never do, just because I always forget! That, and our front door is often left on the latch, and we've had random students walking into our house. Nice people, just a bit strange to suddenly see them appear, so wouldn't like my room to be open in that situation!
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    I'm in a flat and I always lock my bedroom door if I'm going out, and usually lock it on the latch when I'm inside my room. If I'm just going into the kitchen/lounge area I don't bother though because I'd be able to hear if someone went in my room. There has been a problem with one of my flatmates stealing kitchen stuff which makes me paranoid they'll go in my room and steal more important things. If I lived with people I was already friends with/trusted then I'd probably leave my bedroom door unlocked most of the time.
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    I only tend to lock my door when I'm leaving the house now, otherwise it's open all the time. In halls I locked the door most of the time because my flatmates had a habit of having people over who would just randomly stagger into a room when drunk. Not fun.
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    If I'm in the flat, I leave my door unlocked. But if I'm leaving, even if it's just to go next door, I lock it.

    Someone in my flat keeps putting the front door on the latch/leaving it open, so I don't want to take any risks.
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    I'd be surprised if your housemates took offence... my housemates and I have lived together for 2 years and are entering our third. We're best friends and we still lock our doors when not in our rooms. If we're in the lounge then generally we don't bother, but we do when we go out.
    We were robbed part way through last year and told insurance was void on any of the rooms that hadn't be left locked when the occupant was out. Since then we've all been quite careful. Plus, even though you're friends and trust each other..you are still separate people with separate lives. It's not like living in your parents' house.
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    I always locked my room when I went out even though my housemates at the time were trusted friends.

    Rationale: If they went out and someone broke in, I'd like to make it a little hard for them to steal my stuff.
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    it's a good idea to lock it, it won't show that you're worried about them stealing from you, but from someone breaking into the house! My door last year didn't lock (dodgy lock) even though I had a key for it, so I sometimes left valuables in another room that was lockable as my key somehow worked for that room as well?! heh
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    For insurance purposes you should really lock your door anyway. Its not uncommon for thieves to target student houses.
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    It's more a security issue - if someone forgets to lock the front door what's to stop someone coming in, going into your unlocked room and picking up a few valuables? Student houses are a major target for theives; if you have a lock, use it, simple as.
 
 
 
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