With the holidays just around the corner, it’s no surprise that many folks will be travelling – especially those living away from home for the first time. I still remember the relief that first year going home for Thanksgiving – and the equal relief upon opening the door to my apartment afterwards.
I also remember being worried that I’d come back and the place would have been burglarized. It was New York City, after all!
But beyond locking my deadbolt, here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years:
1) Be careful what you share on social media channels. While it’s entirely tempting to post on Facebook that “I’m going home for a week – can’t wait!” consider who will read it. If you have a blog, twitter feed or Foursquare account – your followers/readers tend to be less personal than friends on Facebook, even.
2) Hopefully, by now you have a neighbor who you trust. If so – tell her/him your travel plans and ask that he/she let you know if they notice anything suspicious. In the absence of a trusted neighbor, consider telling your landlord.
3) If you’ll be going home for more than a 4-5 days, stop your mail. You can do so online up to 30 days in advance!
4) If your apartment faces the street, buy a light timer so that outside eyes think someone is at home.
5) If you have a cab driving you to the airport, be discreet. Consider emphasizing that your “roommate” won’t be going home for the holidays.
6) If you haven’t already gotten renters insurance, consider investing. My insurance is about $175 for the ENTIRE YEAR. Not a bad value – just in case. Read more about its benefits in our previous post.
7) Enjoy this clip from Home Alone – which demonstrates one of the very best ways to keep intrudes at bay! (Note: Do NOT try these at home!)
Got any more tips? Be sure to share below!