Now that you are all settled in your new homes please take a few moments to read through this short advice section regarding safety in your new property. Although Sheffield is one of the UK's safest 'big cities', areas dominated by student accommodation tend to have a higher rate of burglaries and it's better to be safe than sorry.
A burglary can be a very upsetting for anyone, let alone a student living in rented property for the first time. Students are more often than not perceived as easy prey for burglars, but there are a number of small things that you and your housemates can do in order to limit the chances that you will fall victim.
The simplest way to avoid being seen as an easy target is to 'de-student' the front of your house. Don't advertise your university in the window, for example events or elections and take down any posters or typical paraphernalia that might indicate you are students (a traffic cone is the obvious stereotype!).
You should also avoid displaying any expensive possessions in windows and in addition doing simple things like leaving lights on and closing the curtains whilst you’re out will also help. You should make sure all of the windows and doors are securely locked, even if you think someone is still in the house. Burglar alarms are also an obvious deterrent, so if you're the last one out make sure to use it if you have one, whether you're going to lectures or out for the night.
Also remember that your neighbours can be your greatest ally. Get to know them and make sure they know who lives at your house and more importantly who doesn't. Finally, if you do see any suspicious behaviour please call the police straight away.
Although you are very unlikely to get burgled, hopefully you will find this advice useful.