Many household/residential crimes occur when people are on vacations or are involved in outdoor activities. Travelers can also be easy targets. Carrying luggage, a laptop or even a briefcase can make a person an easy target. Being unfamiliar with your surroundings and the preoccupation of work or returning home causes distractions.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME
- Stop mail and newspaper deliveries or ask a neighbor to pick them up daily.
- Put lights on an automatic timer, if you listen to the radio put it on an automatic timer also.
- Have mowing schedules or snow removal schedules set up for the time you are gone
- Leave a key with a trusted neighbor and tell them your departure and return dates.
- Leave an emergency contact phone number with your neighbor so you can be reached.
- Lock all windows and doors. Be sure to double check your garage doors and your basement before you leave.
- Have your car serviced and tires checked before your departure.
- Prepare an emergency road kit in case your vehicle breaks down and take a first aid kit.
- Take a cell phone along.
WHILE YOU ARE OUT
- Carry a minimum amount of cash. When using travelers checks keep a record of the numbers and how many you have.
- Guard against people looking inside your wallet.
- Keep airplane tickets in an inside pocket, they are as good as cash. Don't let them protrude from a bag or an outside pocket.
- If you are driving in a car make sure you plan your route. Travel on main roads and use maps.
- Never pick up hitchhikers
- When leaving your car make sure it is locked and valuables are kept in the trunk. Don't leave a purse, wallet or checkbook in the car, always take them with you.
- If possible disengage the remote trunk opener.
- When walking, if you become lost, go into a business or find a Police Officer and ask for directions.
- Try and travel during the day instead of the evening hours.
- When staying in a hotel take all of your luggage out of the car and into the room.
- Keep your doors locked when inside the room and when you are away.
- Always take cash, credit cards and your keys with you.
- Inventory your belongings daily
- Plan an emergency route out of your room and find the location of the fire extinguishers.
- Be aware of any suspicious activities in the corridors or rooms.
TAKING PUBLIC TRANSIT
- Try not to take subways or buses at non-peak hours.
- Make sure you know your route and take a taxi late at night.
- If you have friends in the area call and ask for a ride.
THE WORST THAT CAN HAPPEN
- Turn over your valuables if you are held up.
- Never argue or resist and give them what they want.
- If the offender asks for your wallet, throw it in their direction, but off center. This could give you a chance to escape.
- Contact the Police.