The Arboretum, Nottingham, is home to hundreds of university students – however, some students have returned home from the Christmas holidays to find their houses burgled.
Anna Butler, 21, a Broadcast Journalism student at Nottingham Trent University is one of the unlucky students to come back to Nottingham to find her house burgled.
Anna was left horrified after seeing her room for the first time after the break-in and she no longer feels safe in her home.
“It was obviously horrible. That someone has invaded your personal space and trashed your room, I mean, I wasn’t only burgled, everything was trashed.
“Why did they do that? Why did they pull the sheets off my bed? Why did they put my clothes on the floor? I think they were looking for stuff but it doesn’t feel like your room any more”, she added.
The Arboretum is a popular place to live for students, it is just a few minutes walk from Nottingham Trent University and the tramlines make it easy for any student hoping to get into the city centre.
DI Andrew Townsend from Radford Road Police Station believes the sheer number of students in the Arboretum makes them an easy target.
“They are (a target). We have lots of burglaries in this area on student houses, where students have left doors open, left windows open, burglars have gone into their house whilst they’re in there and removed property”, DI Andrew Townsend said.
It was obviously horrible. That someone has invaded your personal space and trashed your room, I mean, I wasn’t only burgled, everything was trashed.” – Anna butler
To reduce the chance of being burgled – DI Andrew Townsend thinks that students need to remain responsible to ensure there home is not a target of these crimes.
“People that are going around are trying these doors and trying these windows and if they’re not closed properly then they are in and then the property is being removed.”, he added.
Unipol, a student housing charity, offers students guidance on how to choose a safe property. Faye Swanwick, from Unipol Nottingham, urges students to take care when choosing where to live.
“You need to be sensible and think about is the house double glazed? Has it got doors that lock? Has it got a back gate to secure a back yard?”, said Mrs Swanwick.
Mrs Swanwick believes that if students want to live in a safe home, they need to follow the Unipol Code.