Staying secure in your new Glasgow West End flat

Photo: Kelvinbridge subway entrance, Hillhead. Renting a flat in Glasgow West End shouldn't present any great dangers to your health - as it's not known to be a 'bad area'. However it is better to be safe than sorry, so here are some tips to keep you safe when you are moving into you new flat.

  • Check the area before you decide to rent. what are the crime rates? Are the cars missing their wing mirrors, aerials bent out of shape or badges missing? Pop into the local convenience store and ask the person behind the counter if this is a nice area to live in and is there is ever any trouble.
  • What is the public transport - how far to walk to the nearest bus stop or train station - is the train station well lit, does it have a manned/womanned ticket office.
  • Is the street you are considering renting a flat in well lit? How busy is the area at night; visit in the evening and get a feel for the area and how safe you feel walking the locals streets. Glasgow West End is a great place for socialising - so you may well find yourself coming home after dark.
  • If you have a car, check if off-street parking is available? If so, how far from your proposed flat is it?
  • After you move in, check that the locks are secure - both the front door if you live in a tenement and your own front door. Don't leave your keys near the door. you might want to consider getting a safety leaflet from the local police station which will suggest good practice for staying safe in your flat.

After you move in to your new Glasgow West End flat, you don't want to spend time worrying about whether you are going to be burgled or accosted in the street. So just a little fore-thought and preparation will ease your mind and make your new West End life-style more enjoyable.

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