It’s important that you consider home security and personal safety.
Big cities like Leeds, Nottingham and Bradford give criminals greater opportunities, (especially student areas where there are multiple people living in shared houses) so everyone has to be extra vigilant and take extra care in protecting themselves and their property.
What are we doing to keep you safe
Check the burglar alarm instructions before you go in to the house for the first time so you have the number to hand. It is provided in the 'Moving in Guide' in your key envelope and it is normal to just tap in the code to unset and again to set as you leave the property. Further instructions are at the bottom of this page. If you don’t feel confident working your burglar alarm, contact your Housing Management Officer
Walk in burglaries
Nearly half of burglaries in the traditional student areas are ‘walk in’ crimes where the intruder gets in through a door or window that has been left open. Shut and lock doors and windows even when you are in another room.
99% of burglaries that have occurred in Unipol properties have been through an insecure window or door and Unipol cannot do anything further to prevent this type of crime, apart from reinforcing the message and educating our tenants
If you are burgled you should take the following action;
Report the matter to the Police. It is vital that you get a crime reference number and pass it to Unipol. Without a crime reference number it will be impossible to get insurance companies to pay out on any damage for which you may be liable.
During office hours you can phone; Leeds 0113 243 0169 / Bradford 01274 235 899/ Nottingham 0115 934 5020
Street crime often gets a lot of publicity. Muggings and bag snatching are still quite rare. Your chance of being a victim of these sorts of crime is reduced dramatically when you are with other people.
'Immobilise'; the National Property Register scheme is supported by the Police and Universities. You can register your possessions on this site for free, and if they get stolen and recovered by the Police, it’s easier for them to identify who they belong to and return them. Remember, your possessions are covered by Endsleigh - so check the details to ensure that what you own is covered; we cant do this for you.
Many of Unipol's larger sites have CCTV in the communal areas of the building for the security and safety of the tenants but also for the management of the building. If a serious incident occurs we will work with the Police to provide them with the information requested.
If your property has a CCTV feed on your aerial system (usually only in larger developments) then you can use this to look at the areas covered from home. You should not record this or use it for any other purposes.
If all tenants are away from the property for a while;
Burglar Alarm basic operation
If your property is fitted with a burglar alarm. It is important to remember the number and destroy the details below
Do not change the code on the alarm or tell it to anyone. If there is a fault on the alarm or you are unsure how to use it, call Unipol
Enter your code to switch the alarm on.
Enter the code to switch the alarm off.
To set the alarm (turn it on):
Enter your code number. Check that the system is clear (none of the zone indicators are showing). If clear, the sounder will produce a bleep tone. Leave the property. The system will set at the end of the exit time and the bleep tone will stop.
To unset the system (turn it off):
Enter your code, if the system is clear (no alarm has been activated) the system will return to day mode. If the system has been activated, entering the code will turn off the alarm. Press RESET to clear the display and return to day mode.
To omit a zone:
Starting from the day mode, enter your code and the exit tone will start. Press the OMIT button and the exit tone changes to an omit tone. Now
enter the zones you wish to omit. Omitted zones will now light up. If you make a mistake, press 0 to cancel and then enter the zones required to be omitted. When the selection is correct, press SET. The system will now return to exit mode and the exit tone will continue.