Before Spring Break, the UCF Police Department reminds you of simple ways to secure your home and have a safe and enjoyable vacation.

If you’ll be traveling, double check that all the doors and windows of your home are locked before you leave.

Be sure to take expensive items such as jewelry, laptops and electronics with you, or store them somewhere safe and out of sight. Don’t post information about when you will or won’t be home on social media.

If you’ll be driving, be sure to buckle up. Officers around the state will be paying extra attention to seat belt usage as part of a Ticket or Click It campaign that runs through March 14. Beyond that, seat belts save lives, and wearing them makes the roadways safer for everyone.

Whether you’re near UCF or away, keep basic safety tips in mind.

Never travel alone or open your door to a stranger. Continuously stay aware of your surroundings.

If you’ll be drinking, do so responsibly. Moderation and keeping an eye on your drink are key. Don’t leave your drink unattended, and never accept drinks from someone you don’t know or trust.

Follow the buddy system, and look out for your friends.

Dial 911 immediately if someone needs medical assistance or if you see activity that looks suspicious or makes you feel unsafe.