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Vacations should be a time spent having fun and relaxing. By taking a few extra precautions while traveling, you can prevent yourself, or your friends and family, from being a victim of crime. Consider these safety tips to help you, your friends and family have a fun and safe vacation:

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Use traveler’s checks that can usually be replaced within 24 hours.
  • Use ATMs only during the day. If you must use one at night, find a well-lit, busy area where you won't be alone.
  • Keep credit cards, cash, passport, and plane tickets separate.
  • Wear a “money purse” underneath your clothes to hold your passport, phone numbers for credit card companies, and a small amount of cash, in case your wallet gets stolen.
  • Leave copies of trip information with a friend or family member at home. This includes credit card numbers, passport numbers, plane tickets, your itinerary information, and phone numbers for your credit card companies in case these get lost.
    • Carry a “fake” wallet in your back pocket containing around $20. If you were to be mugged, this would satisfy the robber without draining all of your funds.
  • Have your mail delivery stopped while on vacation. Nothing gives away an empty house like a stack of mail or newspapers at the front door.
  • Lock your personal documents in a safe while you are out of your hotel room.
  • Do not bring your regular check book with you on vacation. If your checks get stolen, it’s difficult to cancel them and track their use as you would a credit card.
  • Bring carry credit cards that you will only need on vacation. Leave other cards (such as those exclusive for department stores, gas cards, etc.) at home.
  • Secure your plane tickets since these may also contain your credit card number.
  • Cover the ATM key pads whenever you are entering your PIN. Someone could be watching over your shoulder, or from a distance, and then later attempt to steal your wallet and use this personal information.
  • Do not draw attention to yourself as a tourist. Avoid reading maps in a busy, high-traffic area or carry your camera in a tote bag rather than the carrying case. Do not flaunt large amounts of cash when removing money from your wallet or pocket.

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