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.

Taking a strong stance against anti-social behaviour and drug use

A Closure Order has been secured on a property in Swan Lane, Oswestry after Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing (STAR Housing), working closely with West Mercia and Merseyside Police and with support from Shropshire Council’s Legal team, took action a

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Over the last few months we’ve been busy trying to make it even easier for you to get in touch with us.

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Information about you and your tenancy is recorded on our internal system. Only STAR Housing staff can access this and will only access information about you and your tenancy for relevant purposes.

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Events

Clean up session with a skip, Weston Close in Shifnal

From 24.07.2018 to 24.07.2018

We’ll be on the grass area at Weston Close in Shifnal on Tuesday 24th July 2018 from 2pm until 4pm as part of a series of summer events.

Clean up session with a skip, Meadow Drive in Shifnal

From 24.07.2018 to 24.07.2018

We’ll be at Meadow Drive in Shifnal on Tuesday 24th July 2018 from 4.30pm until 6.30pm as part of a series of summer events.

Pop up and estate walkabout, Fitzalan Close in Whittington

From 25.07.2018 to 25.07.2018

We’ll be in Fitzalan Close in Whittington on Wednesday 25th July 2018 from 2pm until 4pm as part of a series of summer events.

Sheltered scheme drop in, Llwynfields in Oswestry

From 25.07.2018 to 25.07.2018

We’ll be visiting Llwynfields sheltered housing scheme in Oswestry on Wednesday 25th July 2018 as part of our series of summer events.

Clean up session and children’s fun morning, Castlefields in Oswestry

From 31.07.2018 to 31.07.2018

We’ll be in Castlefields in Oswestry on Tuesday 31st July 2018 from 10am until 12pm as part of a series of summer events.