“How To” Secure Your Apartment/Housesecurity image

  • Get renter’s insurance to protect your personal belongings.
  • Unplug non-essential electrical cords—reduce the risk of electrical fires!
  • Make sure that your heater vents are not obstructed.  Make sure electrical heaters are not plugged in or near flammable items.
  • Lock ALL doors and windows and any secure other point of potential entry.
  • If you share an apartment or house with others, consider how you might secure your personal space.  Do you have a key to enter the house or apartment in the case that your roommates are not present upon your return?
  • Make sure that your residence is kept warm enough so that pipes do not freeze and burst in your absence.
  • Remove perishable items from your refrigerator and cabinets
  • Do not leave notes on doors indicating that you are away.

Other Preventative Measures You Should Consider:

  • Stop your newspaper and mail delivery, or arrange for a neighbor to collect them directly.
  • What about pets?  What about your plants?  Make appropriate accommodations for both.
  • Check travel info BEFORE YOU LEAVE.  What road conditions can you expect?  Any flight delays?  What about construction and detours?
  • Share your travel itinerary with friends and family members in case of emergency.  Facebook and Twitter are easy ways to provide travel updates.
  • If leaving your car behind (perhaps you are traveling in someone else’s vehicle), do your best to remove valuable items from your car before you leave...secure them in the truck or inside.  Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Keep a list of valuable items their serial #s.  Why not take photos of these items in the case you need to file an insurance claim?
  • Bring bicycles in from outside, and secure them to an immovable object.

*Content adapted from Colorado State University’s Off-Campus Student Services/Resources for Adult Learners.