Vacation Safety

Published: Jun. 26, 2002 at 2:29 PM CDT
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Vacation Safety

When going on vacation or out-of-town for any reason

  • Don't publicize vacations ahead of time. Burglars watch for newspaper accounts.
  • Stop deliveries of newspapers and mail. An Authorization to Hold Mail card (PS8076) may be obtained from your mail delivery person or picked up at your nearest Post Office. Or - have a friend pick them up while you are gone.
  • 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.
  • Turn the bell on the telephone down to low.
  • 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.
  • Keep track of your keys. (You may consider returning your hotel room key to the front desk while away from your room.)
  • 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 and use maps.
  • 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. Crimes must be reported in the jurisdiction where they occur.