When you go away on vacation for some well-deserved winter sun this year or go back home to visit family over the winter break, the last thing you want to be thinking about is whether or not your Ottawa apartment will be safe and secure while you’re gone. It’s probably the worst thing to be worrying about while lying on the beach sipping cocktails or drinking eggnog with your cousins! That’s why it’s important to ensure your apartment will be 100% safe before you go, taking the appropriate steps to do so. Follow the vital safety tips below and you’ll have a much safer apartment in your absence!

Ask a Friend To Help

Before you jet off on your vacation, ask a trusted friend, family member, or neighbour to keep an eye on your apartment while you’re gone. If you’ve arranged for someone to go and pet-sit your cat or dog on the days you’re away, kindly ask them to double check that all doors are locked when they leave. Make sure you leave your contact information and any itineraries you have just in case they need to talk to you while you’re away.

Unplug Everything

Before you leave the apartment, make sure that everything is unplugged from kitchen appliances to the television. Not only will this ensure top safety within your home while you’re on vacation, but it’s also a great way to save money on your electricity bill. Believe it or not, some appliances still use energy even when they’re turned off.

Be Social Media Savvy

Thanks to the rise in social media and that Facebook “bragger” we all know and secretly envy, so many break-ins and burglaries take place when people are away on vacation. If you’re planning on posting lots of pictures and status updates about your getaway, make sure you adjust your privacy settings to ensure that only your closest friends see your social media updates. How would you feel if you arrived home to find all your precious items stolen just because you just had to share your vacation with the whole of Facebook? Not good.

Tip Off The Police

Not a lot of people do this before going on vacation, but it can actually be useful to let the police know if you’re going away for more than a couple of weeks. They might be generous enough to keep an eye on your apartment for you as they drive by, especially if you live in a close-knit part of Ottawa. If you’d rather not do this, you could always consult your local Neighbourhood Watch program instead.

Have a wonderful vacation and sleep soundly knowing your Ottawa apartment will be waiting for you just as you left it.