SAFETY TIPS FOR TRAVELERS
Secure Your Home Before You Leave:
- Lock all windows and doors and set your home alarm.
- Leave one or two exterior lights on near the entry ways of your home.
- Ask a friend or neighbor to check your house while you are gone – If you receive the newspaper, ask them to store it for you, as the accumulation may indicate to burglars that you are out of town. Also ask someone you trust to collect your mail so important documents are not left vulnerable in your mailbox.
- Leave contact information and the information where you will be staying with a friend or family member in case of an emergency.
While You Are Gone:
- Don’t travel with a large amount of cash. Instead, use traveler’s checks that must be signed.
- Keep your wallet in your front pocket or in a handbag that zips closed.
- If you are staying in a hotel, make sure you secure your room door when you leave. Always keep your room key in a safe place and do not loan it to anyone.
- If traveling with others, make sure everyone in your party knows where each other is going to be at all times. Keep a list of contacts in a safe place in case you become separated from your group.
- Have an assigned meeting place should someone in the group get separated or lost.
- Carry a map and be familiar with the area you are visiting
- Do not leave purses or bags unattended. While dining out, avoid hanging your handbag on the back of your chair, place it in your lap or in the seat next to you where you can monitor it.