Emily Stone’s Crime Watch Tip — (Vacation Safety)

Posted: June 29, 2011 in Crime Tips, Safe Travel
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It’s summer!  Time for a vacation!

The weather is warmer and we’re spending more time outdoors and getting together with family and friends.  Many of us are planning a vacation or a few days of rest and relaxation out of town. 

This is a great time of year, but unfortunately it brings out more of the criminal element too.  We are concentrating on fun in the sun and relaxation instead of crime prevention.  And this is what opportunistic criminals look for in their victims.

Emily has some great crime prevention tips for you to remember when visiting another city or any vacation destination that I would like to share with you.  Keep this list in the back of your mind when traveling. 

1.                  Men – carry your wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not your back pant’s pocket.  Women – carry your purse held close to your body and not on a long strap over the shoulder.  Keep your purse on your lap in a restaurant, not dangling on the back of your chair.

2.                  Be wary of “con artists” and “pick pockets” using a type of scam to distract you from your destination or activity.

3.                  Use hotel safe deposit boxes, even it it’s additional fee, to store all of your valuables.

4.                  Don’t leave your luggage unattended.  Make sure to leave your luggage with a hotel staff member and get a receipt.

5.                  Be extra cautious of anyone coming to your hotel room unexpectedly.  Never open the door to unsolicited room service or maintenance people.  If you ever have any concern, call the front desk immediately. 

6.                  If you use a car service, speak to the company directly to make arrangements.  Don’t enter an unsolicited car service that offers to take you to your destination.

7.                  When driving, plan your trip carefully and always carry a map.  Travel in well-lit areas and roadways.  Keep your doors locked.  Be cautious of anyone seeking your help for mechanical difficulties.  That’s not to say don’t help a stranded motorist, but be wary.  It’s better to use your cell phone rather than lending a hand.

8.                  Finally, be aware of your unfamiliar surroundings and always carry a cell phone with you.

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Most importantly, have a great time on your vacation.  But it’s important to take some extra precautions to ensure that your trip is memorable and enjoyable. 

Enjoy your summer vacation! 

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