I will leave my apartment in Kara, Togo vacant for a month, and hope when I return it is not robbed.
Leaving Overseas Apartment Vacant for a Month
Togo, West Africa is one of the safest countries on the planet. Unfortunately, most people evaluate Africa with South Africa, one the most dangerous countries on the planet, then generalize. (Not sure Nelson Mandela got the job done?)
Vacant houses are easy to rob; a vacant apartment inside a small apartment complex is more difficult. I have approximately 10 neighbors sharing my small apartment complex. Therefore, it would be close to impossible for a thieve to enter my apartment secretly; they would need to kick in the door.
Too much privacy would get me robbed, my neighbors are my insurance.
The police are of no value, the only reason I will not be robbed will be this, this is a small community, if caught robbing a home, the locals may well kill the thief. Plus the social shame would end his life in Kara, Togo, they do not tolerate crime here.
I have been debating with myself for days if I should tell any of my neighbors that I am leaving. This is the first time I am leaving an apartment vacant in my 15 years of perpetual travel.
The main reason I never rent apartments is I do not want to think; to wonder, to anticipate my return, there is nothing worst. If they break in, there is almost nothing to steal, except some furniture.
The desire to protect what we own is waste of a good life.