Accommodation on-campus is within a secure compound which security guards patrol, but care still needs to be taken.
By installing simple effective security measures such as deadlocks, window locks and security grills, you can drastically reduce the chances of your home being burgled.
How You Can Protect Your Home?
- When leaving your home, ask yourself, "Does it look like this house is empty?" If it does, do something about it.
- At night, leave on inside lights which you would normally leave on if you were at home. A house in darkness is a prime target for a burglar.
- Consider using electric timing devices that turn on the television, radio or lights at selected times.
- Ask your neighbours to keep an eye on your property, especially if you are going on holiday.
- Participate in your local Neighbourhood Watch.
- Consider installing motion activated external lights.
- Secure windows by fitting locks, safety film, security screens or external roller shutters.
- Don't leave blinds or curtains closed - it makes the house look empty.
- Do not leave valuables, such as jewellery or handbags containing money, near windows or places where they may be hooked out through the burglar grilles.
- Ensure all windows and doors are locked before leaving your home.
Securing for Holidays
Remember that a good neighbour can be as effective as a police patrol in protecting your home while you are away.
In all the excitement and rush to organise your holiday, it's very easy to forget things - and we're not talking about toothbrushes!
Many burglaries occur when home owners are away on holidays. A house left empty for some time is a potential target for intruders.
By taking some precautions and giving your home a lived-in look before you go on holidays, you can substantially reduce the risk of burglary.
Some Simple Steps To Protect Your Home While On Holidays
- Ensure that all doors and windows are securely locked.
- Let your neighbours know you'll be away and ask them to watch out.
- Arrange for mail to be held or redirected by your post office.
- Cancel all deliveries such as newspapers and milk.
- Consider installing automatic timing devices for lights and other appliances.
- Disconnect the electrical supply on radio controlled or electronic garage doors and engage manual locks instead.
- Don't leave house keys concealed inside or outside the house. Leave them with a trusted friend or neighbour.
- Arrange for someone to cut your lawn and water your garden.
- Consider asking your neighbours to park a second car in your driveway.
- Lock up garden tools and ladders which might be used to enter your home.
- Turn down the ringing volume on your telephone.
More Information on Home Security
If you live on campus, the Chief of Security on campus can be contacted on Ext. 32207 and senior security staff on 32211 and 32531.
If you live off campus, the police emergency number is 917, and fire brigade and ambulance are 911. For more information, contact your local Crime Stoppers on http://www.police.gov.fj/