When Away on Vacation

  • Travel with a friend or in a group when possible. There is safety in numbers.
  • Plan your touring. Don't discuss your plans with strangers. Beware of strangers who seem overly anxious to help you. Select guides carefully.
  • Ask your hotel concierge or desk clerk about dangerous areas and avoid them.
  • When you go out tell the hotel manager when you expect to return and who to call if you're not back by then.
  • Get good directions to avoid getting lost.
  • Carry a card with your hotel's name, address, and phone number.
  • Find an open business to get directions if you get lost. Don't appear to be lost by stopping and looking at addresses or street signs.
  • Stick to well-lighted main streets and public areas.
  • Leave your itinerary with a friend or relative and check in with them periodically.
  • Keep track of time and don't be late for appointments or meetings.
  • Shop with a friend when possible.
  • Don't buy things from people on the street who offer you a great deal, especially if you have to follow them somewhere to get it.
  • Don't fight for your purse if someone tries to take it by force.
  • Before getting into a cab note the cab number and driver's name.