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January 5, 2015, by offcampus

New Year’s Resolutions

A very happy new year from all of us here in the Off Campus team.

Have you made any new year’s resolutions for 2015? We find they can be difficult to keep – especially once the festive lull is over and life reaches full-speed again as January plows on. In the face of essays to write and exams to revise for (and, let’s face it, an awful lot of viewing options on Netflix), we’ve learnt that sometimes it’s much better to attempt little changes for the new year rather than going for the complete lifestyle overhaul attempt.

So, because we like to be helpful, we thought we’d share a couple of ‘easy win’ resolutions so that you guarantee that you can look back on 2015 and say that you kept your new year’s resolutions – not only giving you equal bragging rights with your friend who vowed to complete their first ultramarathon and actually did it, but also ensuring that you don’t become a victim of crime. Bonus!

1. Lock up. Did you know that one in three burglaries happen after a door or window has been left unlocked? Resolve not to become a statistic and remember to check that your doors and windows are locked when you got to bed and when you go out.

2. Log your valuables on Immobilise, the UK’s national property database. It only take a few minutes, and once your property is logged, if it should be stolen and recovered by the Police, they’ll be able to get it back to you. It’s a great time of year to get things registered – particularly if you’ve received anything valuable as a Christmas gift. Plus, just think of your laptop with all your work saved on it – don’t risk it.

3. Install a mobile phone tracker app, such as Find My iPhone or Where’s My Droid? You’ll find plenty to choose from in your app store. Then, if you lose your phone, or it’s stolen, you’ll have a chance to track it down and be reunited.

4. Upgrade to a D-lock. Maybe you’re planning to get more active this year, and upping your cycling is part of that plan. Make sure you don’t lose your wheels by investing in a strong D-lock – they’re much more effective at deterring thieves than wire locks, which are easily cut through.

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