Vacations are something that most of us look forward to all year long. We long for the opportunity to rest and recharge. Still, concerns for your apartment’s security can put a damper on your vacation. Whether you’re planning to be gone for a long weekend or an entire month, these apartment security tips from 48 West will help ensure that you return to your apartment just as you left it.
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Clean Up Before You Go
Beyond the great feeling of returning from vacation to a clean home, cleaning up the apartment before you leave will help keep bugs and other pests at bay. Ensure all dishes are clean and put away, the dishwasher is empty, and there is no straggler dishware in other rooms. Even if you don’t want to do a full cleaning, wiping down kitchen counters, sweeping, and mopping kitchen floors will remove yummy crumbs that will entice bugs.
Lock Up Everything
Before heading out, double-check that all windows, doors, and sliding glass doors are securely shut. For extra security on sliding glass doors, place a stiff rod, such as a PVC pipe, behind the door along the track. Securely shutting all doors inside the house can also dissuade burglars and can even help limit the reach of a fire were one to occur during your absence.
Ask A Friend For Help
If there is a friend or neighbor that you trust, ask them to come by once a day. This way, it shows that there’s still activity at your apartment, so it’s less apparent that no one is home. You can also ask them to take in any packages that may have been left at your front door, so you don’t run the risk of losing them or the contents being ruined by the weather or pests.
Let Your Landlord Know
If you’re going to be gone for more than a couple of days, be sure to let your landlord or rental office know. They can help keep an eye out for any suspicious activity in your apartment and hold packages for you if a friend isn’t available to help.
Nowadays, almost everything can be automated. Use this to your advantage and automate lights to turn on in the evening when you would normally be home and off when you would be going to bed. You can also use security cameras to keep an eye on things remotely.
Lights On, AC Up
If you can’t find an automated light solution before leaving, make sure to leave at least one light on while you’re away. The extra illumination will discourage any burglary attempts. Additionally, turn up the AC while you’re away instead of turning it completely off. Doing so will help reduce humidity and keep things cool enough so that mold or mildew doesn’t start to form.
Power surges happen, which means that your important electronics could be fried by the time you come home. Unplug nonessential electronics, such as computers, TVs, kitchen appliances, and unused lights. Doing so will also reduce the amount of electricity being used, which can save you some money on the next bill.
While safes can be expensive and not everything you own can fit inside, lock up or hide valuables and personal identification, such as a license, social security card, passport, or passwords that have been written down. If possible, make sure that larger items, such as TVs and computers, are kept out of view, either by moving them away from windows or covering them.
Limit Social Media Info
Social media provides the perfect avenue for sharing exciting vacation updates. It’s also the perfect avenue for would-be thieves to discover that you’re out of town. Even if your profile is set to private, wait to post vacation stories and pictures until after you’ve returned.