Vacation Safety Tips

Before Leaving, Secure Your Residence

  • Have good locks on doors and windows.
  • Make sure your house looks lived in, not empty.
  • Leave shades and blinds in a normal position.
  • Ask a neighbor to watch your house.
  • Test your smoke and burglar alarms.
  • Stop ALL deliveries – mail, newspaper.
  • Arrange for someone to mow your lawn.
  • Have your neighbor put your garbage cans out/in.
  • Plug in timers to turn lights and a radio or TV on/off.
  • If you have call forwarding on your phone, forward your phone calls to a trusted friend or relative.
  • Don’t announce your absence on your answering machine.
  • Ask the police department to place your house on a “Vacation Watch“.

On the Road

  • Never carry large amounts of cash; use travelers checks.
  • Do not stop to offer help to a stranded motorist. Go to the nearest telephone and call for help or use your cell phone.
  • If your car breaks down, raise your hood and attach a white flag to the antenna or door handle. If someone stops to help, it is advisable that you stay in your locked car and ask them to call police or a garage. If you must abandon your car, keep all passengers together.
  • Do not carry your plane tickets or passport in open view.
  • Females should carry their purses under their arms.