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Street Safe officer provides safety tips

Street Safe officer provides safety tips

Posted: Monday, May 28, 2012 8:00 pm

Summer vacations are a great way to kick back, relax and leave the stresses of everyday life behind. However, this doesn’t mean you should throw all caution to the wind.
Would-be criminals prey upon travelers who may be caught up in the excitement of summer fun. Marcia Peot, a full time police officer and chief safety officer at Street Safe, offers the following summer travel safety tips.
1. Plan ahead. Let your friends and family know who you are traveling with, where you are staying and when you are expected home. Ask a neighbor you trust to keep an eye on your home while you are away.
2. Do your research. Knowing what to expect in terms of the quality of the local water, recommended immunizations, extreme weather conditions and local laws and customs will help you avoid sickness or injury and prevent altercations with locals.
3. Beware of petty crime. Keep your purse, wallet and other valuables out of sight and be especially vigilant in crowded and touristy areas. Don’t keep your money all in one place.
4. Practice car safety. Always keep your car doors locked, whether driving, at a stop light or when parked, even for just a short absence. Stick to well-lit, busy streets. Driving a few extra minutes to avoid an unsafe area is a smart use of your time.
5. Select the hotel carefully. The hotel should have modern keycard locks, a dead bolt, a peephole and lock boxes to secure personal items, as well as guest privacy policy that prohibits them from giving out your room number. If someone knocks at your door claiming to be a hotel employee, call the front desk to confirm before letting them in.

Published in The Messenger 5.28.12