Don't let your precautions slack off
By Sara Marett
If you're going away this slack week, don't forget to pack your common sense you may need it.
As students prepare to close the books for a week of rest and relaxation, there are a few precautions to add to the checklist before saying bon voyage!
Const. Lucy Grzechowski of the University Police Department offers some advice for those planning a trip for the week and tips on how to ensure your home or apartment is secure when you are away.
Have adequate medical insurance to avoid hospital bills especially in countries that require you to pay upfront.
If taking medication, take in its original bottle, don't transfer to another bottle due to different countries' laws on certain drugs.
Make sure you have the appropriate vaccinations.
When travelling with luggage, make sure it is locked and don't leave bags unattended. Only use first initial with surname on luggage tags.
Take advantage of safes in hotels for storing money or jewellery.
Let family members know of your itinerary and provide a phone number where you can be reached.
Do some research on the country you are travelling to if you have never been there before to get to know their laws and cultures.
If you are driving, have your car completely checked before you leave, take a cellular phone for emergencies and lock valuables in the trunk.
Tips on how to leave a secure home or apartment:
Lock all doors, windows, garages and sheds.
Let a trusted neighbour or friend keep an eye on your house/apartment, give them a key to come in and turn on some lights, pick up mail and newspapers.
Tell a neighbour where you are staying and how they can reach you.
Set a timer for exterior lights.
Turn down the ringer on your phone so it is not evident you are not home.
Don't leave a message on your machine that you are not home.
Keep a record of all your belongings and their serial numbers if anything is stolen, articles can be traced by their serial number through the police's country-wide computer system.