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.