Safeguarding your belongings at KAUST and pre-travel housing tips

30 November, 2020

​We have prepared a checklist of simple actions to take to protect your things both when you’re at KAUST and when you’re traveling. These simple but effective tips will go a long way in keeping your home and belongings safe and secure, and to ensure that you have peace of mind while you are away.

Every day:

  • Lock your windows and doors when you leave the house.
  • Store and secure valuables inside your home, away from the front door, and out of sight of windows.
  • Whilst at work, keep your wallet, purse or other valuable items with you or locked away in a drawer or closet. Never leave valuable items out on your desk or workstations.
  • Always lock your bike.
  • Never leave the key in the ignition of your car, golf cart, or scooter.

Before you travel:

  • Assign a caretaker for your home or pet, using the Caretaker Authorization Form.
  • Close all angle valves in your home to ensure no water leaks from the internal plumbing system. They are typically located near sinks, bidets and hand sprays.
  • Set your air conditioning to 26°C (78.8°F) to avoid condensation and prevent formation and growth of mold.
  • Switch off the water heater electrical circuit breaker to prevent any excessive temperature and pressure build up in the water heater tankThis is located inside the distribution board panel in houses and villas.
  • Switch off your stove and other non-essential electrical appliances and unplug them at the wall.
  • Leave floor drains in all wet areas uncovered including toilets, kitchen, washroom, laundry room and water heater room, to prevent flooding in the event of a leak.
  • Close curtains to enhance security.
  • Ensure all doors and windows are locked, including the door to the roof access.
  • Arrange the upkeep of your backyard by calling 959 or e-mailing

If you have difficulty locating or working any of the features outlined above, please contact 959 from a landline or 012 808-0959 from a mobile phone.

Property Damage:

Damages occurring in the absence of a resident may be deemed the result of negligence as defined in the HR Policy on Property Damage (section Q) and your KAUST Housing Agreement. We strongly recommend assigning a caretaker for your home, using the Caretaker Authorization Form. Remember to safeguard your personal property including securing insurance coverage for personal items, if needed.

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Chris Sealey

Vice President, Community Life