With the holiday season close at hand,many people will be traveling to major cities,and tourist attractions. Vacations are supposed to be a fun period of time devoted to pleasure,rest,or relaxation. But in reality people are more vulnerable to criminals when in unfamiliar surroundings. Parents-Talk.com posted a few vacation safety tips released by AAA Wisconsin to help make the difference between a dream vacation,or a disastrous one.
“Do not leave your common sense at home,” says AAA National. Even though there is no way to guarantee that you will not be a victim of crime,there are ways to reduce the risk. Experts advise travelers to keep these tips in mind as a way to help secure their property and ensure their safety.
Safety While Traveling
·Be aware of your surroundings. Watch who is watching you.
·Flashing wads of cash may make a tourist an easy theft target. Consider a variety of payment methods to ensure maximum convenience and security. Traveler’s checks are a good option because,if lost or stolen,they can be replaced. Keep serial numbers separate from the checks.
·Use credit cards to cover unexpected or very large expenses incurred while traveling. Credit charges are the easiest to challenge if services or merchandise purchased are unsatisfactory or incorrectly charged.
·Split up cash among family members so funds are still available should one person experience a loss. Carry enough money to cover tips,taxi fares,telephones and other miscellaneous small expenses.
·Carry money separately from credit cards or use a “fanny pack.” Carry your purse close to your body and your wallet in an inside coat or front trouser pocket.
·Consider bringing an automatic teller machine (ATM) card on vacation. Withdraw only small amounts of cash as needed. When possible,do all ATM banking during daylight and business hours. After hours,only frequent ATM machines located in grocery stores,malls or other busy areas.
·If your car is bumped from behind or if someone says there is something wrong with your car,don’t stop. Go to a service station or a well-lit area and call for help.
·Don’t pull over for flashing headlights. Police vehicles have red or blue lights.
·Travel in groups when possible. Walk only in well-lit areas and fill the gas tank before dark.
·Ask hotel front desk personnel which areas of town to avoid and what,if any special precautions should be taken when driving a rental car.
·Never leave video cameras,car phones or other expensive equipment visible in your car. Lock them in the trunk.
·Make sure the hotel desk clerk does not announce your room number; if so,quietly request a new room assignment.
·Preparation for a safe escape in case of fire in a hotel/motel begins at check-in. As you walk down the hallway,note the location of fire extinguishers and fire alarms. Count the number of doors between your room and the nearest exit,as you may be forced to crawl on the floor in darkness and smoke to your exit.
·Keep your room key close to your bed,where you can easily find it.
·Use room safes or safety deposit boxes provided by the hotel. Store all valuables out of sight,even when you are in the room.
·Use deadbolt and other locks provided by the hotel.
·Never open the door to a stranger.
(Resources: Parents-talk.com and AAA Wisconsin)