Travel Safety Tips
- While waiting for a bus, stand near others who are also waiting.
- If the immediate area is deserted or in darkness, stand near an occupied building on in a lighted area until transportation arrives.
- Once on a bus or, be aware of those around you. If someone looks or acts suspicious, notify the driver.
- If the coach is empty or nearly empty, sit as far up front and as close to the driver as possible.
- If someone begins to bother you, get up and notify the driver immediately.
- Upon arriving at your stop, be aware of those who alight with you. If you feel you are being followed, go to the nearest occupied building and ask for assistance.
- After dark, attempt to get off the bus in well-lighted areas. Use only well-lighted streets to reach your final destination.
- Make certain your car is always in good working order, with safe tires and an adequate amount of gasoline for your planned trip.
- Always check your car before getting in - to make sure that no one is hiding inside.
- If you have a garage, be sure you lock the door as you leave.
- It is best to park in attended lots. if you must leave a key with the attendant, leave only the ignition key. In all other cases, lock your car.
- Do not leave packages or personal items in open view in the car . . place them in the trunk.
- At night, park only in lighted areas.
- If you are in danger of being harmed or robbed, while in your car, start sounding your horn until assistance arrives.
- Never pick up a hitchhiker.
- If you have a flat tire in an area you feel might not be safe, try to keep driving until you reach a safe location.
- If you feel you are being followed, drive to the nearest police or fire station, or open filling station.
The first precaution you can take is to go traveling with a friend - man or women. You're safer when in the company of someone else. If you must be out at night alone, stay in well-lighted areas. Walk close to street lights, staying well away from dark corners, alleys and building entrances.
When Planning Vacations or Prolonged Absences
- Discontinue milk, newspaper, and other deliveries by phone or in person ahead of time. Do not leave notes.
- Arrange for lawn care and have someone remove advertising circulars and other debris regularly. On the other hand, several toys scattered about will create an impression of occupancy.
- Notify the post office to forward your mail or have a trustworthy person pick it up daily. Apartment house tenants should also heed this hint since stuffed mail receptacles are a give-away when no one is home.
- Inform neighbors of your absence so they can be extra alert for suspicious persons. Leave a key with them so your place may be periodically inspected. Ask them to vary the positions of your shades and blinds.
- When you leave, do not publicize your plans. Some burglars specialize in reading newspaper accounts of other people's vacation activities.
- If you find a door or window has been forced or broken while you were away, Do not enter. The criminal may still be inside. Use a neighbor's phone immediately to summon police.
- Do not touch anything or clean up if a crime has occurred.
- Preserve the scene until police inspect for evidence.
- Lock before you leave.
- Trust a neighbor with a key.
- Be a concerned neighbor - yourself.