As students begin to prepare for the end of the semester, winter break is the light at the end of the tunnel. Winter brings plenty of reasons to celebrate, but few things ruin a great break faster than coming back to find your house has been broken into or your bike has been stolen. Here are some guidelines to follow in the upcoming winter months as students (living both on campus and off) prepare to leave for break.
Artificial trees should have a flame retardant label
Keep a real tree well watered at all times. Dispose of your tree properly, and do so before you go home for the holidays. Dried out needles can pose a huge fire risk.
Use only flame retardant decorations.
Never overload outlets. Use no more than three strands of lights on a single extension cord.
Before You Leave
Create the illusion that someone is home
Try to have mail held and postpone your newspaper delivery.
Consider buying a motion sensitive light or timer that automatically turns on exterior lights.Recruit a trusted neighbor
If a neighbor or friend is staying in the area, arrange with them to have them watch over the residence from time to time.
Provide them with a contact number in the event of the problem.
Keep good records
No matter the time of year, it’s a good idea to have records of serial numbers, brand names, pictures & date/price of purchase. This will help authorities identify your property in the event of a theft.
Lock all windows and doors and close all curtains and blinds.
Remember to lock your car door and remove all valuables from your vehicle (such as GPS and small electronics).
Don’t forget to take your keys with you (including car keys!).
Bring your bike inside – you are allowed to store your bike in your room during winter break!
Throw out any food that might rot or go bad and remove all trash from your room.
Take valuable items and small electronics with you.
If items must be left behind, don’t leave them in plain view.
If you’re staying in the area for the holiday break, report suspicious activity!