Travel Safety Tips

Bus Safety

  1. While waiting for a bus, stand near others who are also waiting.
  2. If the immediate area is deserted or in darkness, stand near an occupied building on in a lighted area until transportation arrives.
  3. Once on a bus or, be aware of those around you. If someone looks or acts suspicious, notify the driver.
  4. If the coach is empty or nearly empty, sit as far up front and as close to the driver as possible.
  5. If someone begins to bother you, get up and notify the driver immediately.
  6. 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.
  7. After dark, attempt to get off the bus in well-lighted areas. Use only well-lighted streets to reach your final destination.

Auto Safety

  1. Make certain your car is always in good working order, with safe tires and an adequate amount of gasoline for your planned trip.
  2. Always check your car before getting in - to make sure that no one is hiding inside.
  3. If you have a garage, be sure you lock the door as you leave.
  4. 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.
  5. Do not leave packages or personal items in open view in the car . . place them in the trunk.
  6. At night, park only in lighted areas.
  7. If you are in danger of being harmed or robbed, while in your car, start sounding your horn until assistance arrives.
  8. Never pick up a hitchhiker.
  9. 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.
  10. If you feel you are being followed, drive to the nearest police or fire station, or open filling station.

Travel Together

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.

Always Remember

  1. Lock before you leave.
  2. Trust a neighbor with a key.
  3. Be a concerned neighbor - yourself.