With beach weather finally here, you’re likely itching to play hooky and plan an extended getaway someplace tropical and featuring frozen drinks. Before you head down to the warm, sandy shores, you’ve probably been shopping for new bathing suits, stocking up on sunscreen, and checking the weather predictions frequently to ensure you’ll be able to spend your trip outdoors.

But there might be something important that you’ve left off your vacation prep list: prepping your home or apartment against spring break-ins

Yes, we all know to lock our doors and windows when we leave each day, but extended vacations leave properties especially vulnerable to break-ins and thefts. A week spent soaking up the sun away from home provides burglars with increased opportunities to steal personal belongings. There are a few steps you can take to decrease the likelihood you will be the victim of one of these spring break-ins.

Buy timers for lights

Creating the illusion that you are home is often enough to ward off burglars as they are less likely to disrupt a home where it seems someone is using the lights and electricity on a regular basis. Put timers on outdoor lights near patios and doors and have the lights set to come on around dusk. You can also put indoor lights and lamps on timers to come on around the time you usually arrive home each night.

Inform police and landlords you’ll be gone

If you live in a condo or an apartment complex, let your leasing office know what days you’ll be out of town. If you live in a house or in a more deserted area of town without many neighbors, check with your local police department to see if they wouldn’t mind patrolling near your neighborhood while you’re gone. Call the station a few weeks in advance and see if it would be possible for them to drive by your home while you are gone.

If you have neighbors in the area who will be home while you’re gone, see if they wouldn’t mind taking in your mail and keeping an eye on your house while you are away. It never hurts to have another set of eyes watching over your property in the event something suspicious happens.

Close blinds and keep valuables out of site

Don’t give anyone more incentive to want to break into your home. By keeping blinds close and your valuables out of plain view, you can reduce the likelihood of someone breaking in to take your laptop or new iPad. The best thing to do is take your valuables out of an empty home and leave them in a safer location for the week. If that isn’t possible, write down all the serial numbers for your valuables in the event the do wind up missing. It will make them easier to track down if you are able to report the serial numbers for your items.

Keep your travel details off social media

As much as you might want to post on Facebook and Twitter about your upcoming travel plans, resist the urge to let all your social media followers know your exact plans for your vacation. Don’t let potential strangers have the knowledge that you are out of town, even out of the country, with your home unattended. This also applies to checking in on FourSquare and letting people know your exact location.

Amy Moczynski manages the digital marketing for 407apartments.com, a site that easily lets you search for Orlando apartments according to rent price, amenities, locations, and more.