How to Have a Safe Vacation
Before you go on vacation, do your research. Look into the area where you will be visiting, particularly the hotel. If you have any questions about the area, it is good idea to call the local police station and ask the following questions:
- Is the area safe?
- Can a woman walk alone at night in the area?
- Is the police station close to the hotel?
The local police will probably be more forthcoming about the area than hotel employees.
When you do talk to hotel personnel, you should ask if the front desk has security cameras that operate 24 hours a day. When you check in, ask the clerk not to announce your room number out loud, but rather to write the number on a piece of paper and hand it to you. Ask also if the hotel provides security personnel who can walk you to your room. Request a room that opens into an interior hall, and not to the outside.
When you are in your room, use the deadbolt and safety bar at all times. Don’t ever prop your door open.
When you go out to explore the area, make sure you look at a map first and know where you are going. Stay on lighted streets and remain aware of your surroundings. If you rent a car, stick to something economical and practical. Stay away from ostentatious car models, as they might give thieves the idea that you have things that are worth stealing.