Thieves often consider communal closes /stairwells to be a weak point they can exploit. This isn’t just because of poor physical security, but also because people may not challenge why they’re there and sometimes even actively allow them access without checking
If your accommodation is accessed via communal stairwell, there are many ways you can keep it secure:
- Make sure your door entry system is maintained in working order and doors are kept locked. Contact your landlord, factor or rental agent should it be broken.
- If you live in a property served by a common close / stairway, talk to your landlord or factor about installing a telephone entry system if one isn’t already there. This may be easier to organise if you get together with other residents.
- Don’t let anyone you don’t know follow you though a controlled entry door.
- Never let anyone into the building or through a controlled entry door unless you know them or have seen their identification. If someone should buzz looking for another flat, don’t let them in – tell them to call the flat directly.
- If you’re ordering a takeaway, don’t give the delivery driver the keypad number for the door.
- Don’t leave valuable items such as bicycles in a common close unless you have no other option. For more information about how to keep your bicycle secure, visit our Secure your Bike advice.
- To find out more about protecting your home, visit our advice about how to Secure Your Home.
- If you’re concerned about people loitering in the common close or stairwell, contact the concierge, campus security or police by dialling 101.