Embarking on the college journey is an exciting milestone, and there are many things to look forward to (i.e., ordering takeout whenever you want and ditching the high school curfew). But this transition also comes with a new set of responsibilities.

You will have to acknowledge the fact that you’re not living under Mom and Dad’s roof anymore, however exciting or scary this may be. This means taking charge and learning to be careful when it comes to protecting your belongings and your space from any issues that may arise.

Your college dorm is meant to become your home away from home and provide a safe space to retreat after a long day, but it is important to take some extra precautions and learn dorm security 101.

Sign Up for Cranford Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

Dive into the dorm social scene while also staying safe with these dorm room security essential tips.

  • Read your housing rules and don’t bring anything that’s restricted. Hot plates might make better mac n cheese, but they are a severe fire hazard. Items are restricted for a good reason, so microwaveable snacks will likely become your new best friend.
  • Lock your door and windows. It’s tempting to leave your door unlocked amidst your morning rush to class, but you’d rather face the stares from walking in a minute late than return to a missing laptop. Keeping your room locked is the first step in how to secure valuables in a dorm room.
  • Stow your valuables. One dorm room security product to consider is a diversion safe, a type of lock box that provides the security of a safe without announcing the presence of valuables. For the décor-minded, you could even match it to your color scheme and turn it into a design accent.
  • Use a surge protector. In this age of technology, overloaded outlets can create problems. A simple surge protector is an easy way to prevent fires and fried gadgets, in addition to providing you with more outlets. Store it next to your bed for easy access to your hoard of miscellaneous chargers.
  • Make sure to unplug any heat products when they’re not in use. A hair dryer, straightener or curling iron may be a staple in your morning routine, but they can become dangerous if not monitored closely. Read any warnings on the packaging and don’t leave them hot and unattended.
  • Never duplicate your key or distribute it to others. The long walk downstairs to let in a visiting friend may be inconvenient, but making copies can jeopardize the safety of your space. You never know whose hands they may end up in, so it’s best to keep them in your own grasp.
  • Keep a watchful eye on your laundry. It is likely that you’ll be using a communal laundry area, which means you’ll be responsible for moving and picking up your clothes at the proper time. You don’t want to lose your favorite pair of jeans, whether that be due to a harmless mix-up or a purposeful theft, so be sure to keep track of your belongings.
  • Familiarize yourself with your dorm’s evacuation plan. It won’t take long and it’ll save you time during an actual emergency.


For questions about this article or renters insurance,

please contact our agency at 732 832 7546.


AssuredPartners The Insurance Centers

20 Commerce Drive

Cranford, NJ 07016


Article and photo courtesy of Plymouth Rock.