The Jakarta Post
A securely locked house means you can enjoy your holiday without worrying. Make sure you check and recheck all windows and doors before you go on holiday. (Shutterstock/File)
An annual tradition during Ramadhan, mudik (mass exodus) is the time when city residents return to their hometowns for celebrating Idul Fitri with their families. It also means that they will be leaving their houses empty for some time.
According to Real Simple, her are some of the things you can do to ensure that your house is safe and have a worry-free holiday.
Reinforce sliding doors
Locking all the doors is probably the easiest thing you can do when leaving home. But if you have a sliding door, prop a long stick, a broom or anything similar against the end to secure it. Do the same for your sliding windows.
Ask your neighbor to help
Avoid ordering anything online several days or even a few weeks prior to mudik, so the packages won't be delivered while your home is empty.
The local delivery man will usually contact you first to check if you're home, so you might want to pick up the package at the courier's once you return. But you also can ask your neighbor to receive it for you.
Use a light timer
Install a timer to automatically turn your lights on and off to help create the illusion of somebody at home.
Limit your social media usage
Do not maintain an updated social media status while you're on holiday, especially your exact location, since it will clearly show that your house is empty and may attract unwanted "visitors".
Double-check doors & windows
Always double-check that your doors and windows are securely fastened and locked before leaving your house, especially those on the balcony and others that you don't use often. (wir/kes)