Travel Safety Tips

Hotels and Motels:

  • When you check in ask about their security features / procedures and if there is a security officer on duty.
  • Deposit excess cash or valuables in the hotel safe. Be sure to check their liability limits.
  • Request a "wake-up" call. If you are the victim of a crime or sickness you will be checked on.
  • Familiarize yourself with all available exits in case of fire or threatening situations.
  • If possible avoid using a hotel room key that includes a room number.
  • Never open your door to strangers. Make use of a door viewer and dead bolt lock.
  • Observe elevator interior before entering. If you are uncertain about an occupant wait for the next elevator.
  • When riding an elevator alone stand near the control panel. If accosted press as many buttons as you can.

Outside in Public Places

  • Try to avoid the look of a "traveler" or "tourist". Local criminals often prey on such people.
  • Blend into the surroundings as best as you can. Don't flash around hotel keys, have a camera around your neck, or wear a lot of jewelry.
  • Don't carry large sums of cash. If credit cards are not accepted use traveler's checks discreetly. An under garment money belt is good for carrying such items.
  • When out in public walk confidently and be alert to your surroundings. Trust your instincts.
  • If you think you are being followed go to a public place and ask for help.
  • If you are held up, give the robber what they want. DO NOT RESIST.