OakParkApartments.com hopes you have a great time on your trip but we would also like to make sure that when you return your apartment is just the way you left it. By following these few simple tips you can make your vacation more enjoyable by knowing your apartment is secure and protected while you are away.
Part of the fun and anticipation of taking a vacation is discussing your trip. And while it is natural to want to share the details of the fun you have planned you should remember to share that information with only a few select, trusted friends and/or family. Being aware of who’s around when discussing your trip out in public makes sense too.
Robbers are opportunists – if you post about your being on vacation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you may come home to an apartment that has been broken into. So wait until your trip is over and then share all your exciting adventures on social media.
Before you go on vacation make sure to hide valuables. There are safes designed to look like everyday items and chances are a thief will not be looking through your pantry and suspect that the can of diet Coke is your safe. These diversion safes are a good investment for everyday as well.
A lock box is another good option to keep important items safe – just make sure to hide it in an unsuspecting place when you leave – the bottom of your dirty laundry perhaps?
Smaller, valuable electronics should also find hiding places – just remember where you hid them!
Put lights, t.v. and/or a radio on a timer to give the impression that someone is at home at various times of the day.
Set the telephone to ring a maximum of three or four times before the answering machine picks up. A telephone ringing throughout the day and night can indicate that your apartment is empty. Also, do not leave a message stating that you are away on vacation! Some new phone systems will allow you to forward land line calls to your cell phone – you don’t have to answer but you can be aware of who is trying to get a hold of you and call back if needed.
Put a hold on mail and papers – this can be done easily online and can be done from three up to 30 days.
Ask a trusted neighbor, family member or friend to periodically check on your apartment while you are away. Leave your contact information with them in case they need to reach you.
And though this may seem obvious don’t forget to close and lock all windows and doors before you go. Don’t make it easy for a burglar to do his job!