Keeping your home safe while you’re away

STAR Housing contents insurance

Now that the summer holidays are in full swing we’ve gathered together some useful tips on how you can keep your home and belongings safe while you’re away.

Check your home contents insurance

Make sure you have the cover you need and that it remains valid while you are away. Contents insurance is essential if anything does go missing from your home, and is also a requirement of your tenancy agreement.

Don’t leave your house looking unoccupied

  • Invest in some automatic timer switches for turning on a few well-placed lights and a radio or TV.
  • Leave your curtains and blinds open.
  • Don’t leave your valuables where they can be seen through a window.
  • Cancel milk and newspapers and any other regular deliveries.
  • If you have a lawn, mow it before you leave.

Keep your valuables safe

Keep valuables out of sight and don’t leave them where they can be seen through a window. If you have to leave items precious to you in your home, don’t hide them in an obvious place.

Don't tell everyone you're on holiday

Don’t tell people outside immediate friends and family that you are going away or for how long. It’s especially important not to post about your upcoming holiday on social media – you never know who’s watching.

However, it is a good idea to ask a friend or a trusty neighbour to keep an eye on your home, collect post and pick up the free newspapers and junk mail left in the letterbox.

Protect your appliances and save energy

Remember to unplug all the appliances that you can to protect them from power surges and save energy from standby functions.

Keep your tools under lock and key

These can be used to break into your home so make sure they’re safely locked away.

A summer of fun for young people in Bridgnorth thanks to Community Chest fund

Young people in Bridgnorth enjoyed a fun-filled summer thanks to a grant from Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing’s (STAR Housing) Community Chest fund.

STAR tenants can access free energy advice this winter

A new partnership between MEA and the Ebico Trust will enable STAR Housing tenants to seek expert advice and support through a local Freephone advice line.

Keeping your home warm this winter - Warm Homes Discount Fund

£140 off your energy bill for those who qualify.

Best garden winner announced

Mrs Mary Smith from Pinefields in Much Wenlock has been crowned the winner of this year’s Garden Competition.

Events

New Rents Calendar

Download and print our new rents calendar, helping you to keep on top of your payments

Next Board meeting Thursday 30th November 2017

The next meeting of the STAR Board is on Thursday 30th November

Road Safety Week 2017

From 20.11.2017 to 26.11.2017

We're proud to support this year's Road Safety Week.