Vacation Tips - Prepare for Your Trip
Don’t ruin a vacation by becoming a crime victim! Just because you and/or your family are on vacation doesn’t mean that criminals are as well. Make personal safety and residential security a priority for your trip. By taking a proactive approach, you can significantly reduce the risk of being victimized at home or while away. Follow the crime prevention tips listed below so you can focus on a fun and relaxing vacation.
Before Leaving . . .
- Lock all windows and doors before you leave. Set your alarm system, if you have one.
- Make your home appear “lived in.” Use variable timers for interior lights and radios.
- Close all curtains and blinds.
- Stop mail and newspaper delivery, or have a neighbor collect them for you.
- Ask a friend or neighbor to keep your lawns mowed and watered.
- Leave your trip plans, and an emergency phone number, with someone you trust.
- Make copies and a record of your passport(s), credit cards, and traveler’s checks. Give a copy of these documents to a family member or friend for safekeeping.
On the Road . . .
- Never carry large amounts of cash – use traveler’s checks or credit cards.
- Keep careful tabs on your plane, train, or bus tickets – they’re as valuable as cash.
- Carry your purse close to your body – don’t let it dangle!
- Carry your wallet in an inside coat or front trouser pocket.
- Be aware of your surroundings – ask the hotel /motel staff about problem areas.
- Avoid advertising that you are a tourist by the way you dress.
- Select tour guides carefully.
- Make sure everyone in your party knows the name, address, and phone number of your hotel.
- If members of your group separate, be sure they check in at prearranged times and locations.
Remember – the only way to stop crime is to get involved in crime prevention, even when you are on vacation!