Apartment Safety Tips
The holiday season is officially upon us. And what makes it more exciting is the fact that you are going on a holiday vacation! Before you pack your suitcase for your long-awaited trip however, there is one important thing you should do. Make sure your apartment is safe while you are away.
Before you rush to leave and go out of town during the holidays, you should prepare your apartment. Take the time to make sure your home is safe now, so you don’t end up worrying later. Here are some precautions you can do to make sure your apartment is safe while you are on your holiday vacation.
1. Avoid posting too much information on social media.
Going somewhere new or exciting? It can be tempting to post statuses and tweets about your upcoming vacation! But you need to curb that urge to share information like this on the internet. Thieves use social media to look for clues when people are leaving and will not be home. They take advantage of these opportunities to break in and rob houses. You can always share about your holiday vacation when you get back!
2. Look for a friend or trusted relative who can stay.
If you have the option not to leave your apartment empty, do it. Ask a reliable friend or relative to stay at your house instead of leaving it unattended.
3. Leave the lights on.
While this may result in a small increase in your electric bill, there is a good reason why you need to do it. Keeping the lights on helps it appear that someone is home. This may be enough to prevent robbers and thieves from breaking in. Keeping at least one light on will be enough. Timers are a good option as well.
4. Secure your locks.
Before you leave, make sure all the locks are working, including your window locks. Close the blinds or pull your curtains so no one can peek in and see that the house is empty. Double check all the doors and windows from the outside as well to make sure they cannot be easily opened.
5. Consider home automation.
Using home automation technology can help you simulate someone is in your apartment. It can trigger an alarm and reach you on your phone so you can review the footage on the security camera. There are also smart lights which are connected to apps, allowing you to control the lights just using your smartphone.
6. Contact the post office and tell them to hold your deliveries.
If you are away for a week or two, get in touch with the post office and request a mail hold. An unattended mailbox is a sign of an empty apartment, and you don’t want to give anyone a clue no one is home. If you have a daily newspaper delivery to your apartment door, find a way to pause it. You can often do it online.
Prepare your apartment before you leave, and enjoy more peace of mind while on your vacation.