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Has this happened to anyone whilst staying in halls in regards to electronics e.t.c.

my mother seems to be really paranoid about how i need to be careful because my stuff may be stolen, and is trying to convince me not to even take my laptop for the first couple of weeks lol.

I'm taking it anyway, but im just interested if anyone has had their stuff stolen?
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If you can, see if you can fit a padlock on your wardrobe. I did that last year.

The only thing stolen from my flat was someone's keys. Well they went missing anyway.
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nope never.. halls are pretty secure and all of them should have cctv cameras..
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Not to me personally, but alot of people on my college have had stuff stolen: best to play safe ;yes;
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A guy I know had his mobile phone stolen. He left his room for 10 mins and left his bedroom door unlock.

My advice is to lock your door when you leave your room and window.
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The idea is to be careful. Sometimes the simplest thing could be prevented if you just closed the window, locked the door, or hide the expensive things out of view.
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Goldsmiths have a Student safety advice thiingy on their website (scared the crap out of me when I read it and completely put me off...although I've stayed in the area before).

I think Padlocks on wardrobe seems like a bloomin fab idea. I always lock my door in halls even if I'm just popping to a different flat. (i stay in halls a lot over the summers). I also find that the space underneath your mattress in most modern halls...i.e. the void under the bed, although obvious, is a great place to put stuff away. I would recommend a safe, but only if you can hide it somewhere, because people may just steal the safe.

You should be fine, I'd worry more about security when you move out of halls in second year tbh
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If you know any trust ur housemates its fine. Just dont leave a window open on the ground floor or leave something in plain sight. They usually operate the first few weeks cause you dont know everyone and you are more relaxed.
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Some unis are rougher than others.
Generally if you're in university provided halls I think you'll be fairly safe if you just keep your door locked whenever you leave and close your window if you're on the bottom floor.

If you're living in student accomodation however (e.g. the huge building let only for students but not by university) I think the students tend to be a bit more renegade especially on the bottom floor.
Not to make you paranoid but I've heard stories of front doors and then room doors being kicked in and flats being cleared out.

Generally you'll be fine if you play it safe; lock your doors/windows, put valuables out of sight if you're having people over etc

Can always consider getting insurance if you find it's troublesome when you arrive.
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I'm taking out contents insurance.

"You brought this on yourselves you thieving *******s." (Bob Kelso is a legend).
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i left my door unlocked all year with my 20" wide screen pc tft monitor on show, it was fine.
someone stole a text book once, but was a mate, and i guessed to took it.

food stealing is much more common.

edit: once when i hosted a party, someone stole my speaker cable! yes! i was so annoyed, a week with so sound from my pc, cost 5 quid to replace.
ive left my mobile phone 16 hours in our communal kitchen many times, its never gone, but my calculator was stolen twice from there
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As long as you lock your doors and windows when you leave the room you should be ok. It's a bit callous I realise but generally if a thief comes in to nick stuff, someone else will have left their door open and the burglar will go there instead.

The reason thieves go into halls is that they know the odds are that someone somewhere has left their door open, so they don't bother with locked doors, just carry on looking for the unlocked ones.
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What everyone else has said. It's true that student accommodation can be an attractive target for thieves because they know there's a lot of electrical equipment there - every student probably has a stereo, TV, MP3 player, laptop/PC, and so on. That said, thieves are unlikely to actually break in to rooms in Halls - too many people about and too much chance of getting caught. They'll just nip in and quietly swipe things, if there's an opportunity to do so.

All you need to do, really, is follow some simple precautions, basically the same as you would when living anywhere:

*Don't leave your door open when you're out of your room. (You don't leave your front door unlocked at home, do you? Same principle.)
*Same with windows, especially if you're on the ground floor - even if you're only going out of the room for a few minutes, shut the window.
*Don't leave expensive things on display.
*Mark your property - the police can advise on how to do this - to make it harder for a thief to sell, if it's stolen, and easier to identify, if it's later recovered.
*Make sure you have adequate insurance; that way, if the worst happens, you'll be able to replace your stuff.
*Don't let strange people in to the building.
*Report anything suspicious to security/the police.

My experence is that people swiping odd bits of food is the worst that ever happened - and even that wasn't particularly common. And, in the studios (I did Fine Art) we tended to lose tools and bitsand bobs we'd lent to other people and end up gaining other stuff with no idea quite where it had come from... It seemed to come out even!
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I know alot of people on ground floors who had laptops stolen as "security" was one man at reception. I also know someone who had money stolen out of their room when they were in their kitchen. All unis have different security. Some have several locks to get to your rooms/ flat (which halfway into the year people will probably jam) and others just have one pin code to get into the whole building...
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Someone stole my Periodic Table mug It was about £6.99 in Heals
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The only thing I ever had mysteriously vanish when I stayed in halls was food from the communal fridge
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Stuff in your room should generally be safe, however food from your fridges are always getting knicked
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You know if you mark your food, eg in named tubs, does it still go missing?
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(Original post by QI Elf)
You know if you mark your food, eg in named tubs, does it still go missing?
Yes, even when "Drinking may cause laxative effects" is written on the milk carton. It stopped a few days after a double dose of laxative was added along with the warning.

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(Original post by marcusfox)
Yes, even when "Drinking may cause laxative effects" is written on the milk carton. It stopped a few days after a double dose of laxative was added along with the warning.

Marcus

Haa haa haa

If my food goes missing, I may try it! BTW It's not illegal or anything to do that is it?
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