VACATION IS A TIME TO RELAX; HOWEVER, KEEP YOUR COMMON SENSE WORKING
When going on vacation or out-of-town for any reason:
- Don't publicize vacations ahead of time. (Facebook - Status updates and pictures) Burglars use the internet too. Stop deliveries of newspapers and mail.
- Arrange to have the lawn mowed.
- Leave information where you can be contacted in an emergency with a trusted neighbor and ask them to keep an eye on your house.
- Give your house a lived-in appearance.
- Have a neighbor occasionally use your garbage can.
- Put automatic timers on several lights and a radio. Set them so they will turn on and off at random times in different rooms, especially the bathroom.
- Do not leave lights on 24 hours a day.
- Leave drapes in a normal position to maintain a lived-in appearance.
- Have a neighbor park in your driveway or in front of your house.
While you are on your vacation, you can greatly increase our protection by taking the following safety precautions:
- Carry traveler’s checks instead of large amounts of cash.
- Always carry wallets, purses and bags securely. (Do not leave purses on chairs, under tables or on restroom hooks.)
- Keep your cash, jewelry and valuables (such as passports, cameras and airline tickets) locked in your hotel safety deposit box or safe.
- Do not leave room keys laying around the swimming pool.
- NEVER pick up hitchhikers.
- Never leave your keys in unattended car, even while running a quick errand or filling up with gas.
- While driving, travel on main roads.
- Lock any packages, cameras, clothing or other valuables in the trunk when you leave your car.
- At night, park your car in a well-lighted area. Remember to lock doors and roll up windows.
- Be wary of solicitors.
- Travel in pairs or groups if possible.
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Should you see anything suspicious call 9-1-1.
- ALWAYS lock your hotel room door, even if just going for ice. Intruders much prefer to walk in rather than crash in.
- If you do become the victim of a crime, report it immediately. Do not wait until you return home. Some crimes must be reported in the jurisdiction where they occur.