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    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!

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