Whether you are planning a beach get-a-way, or an international adventure, you want to keep yourself, your family, friends, and your belongings safe and out of the hands of criminals this Spring Break.
Don’t take too much jewelry, too many nice clothes, or too much luggage. You don’t want to look overly affluent and attract criminals’ attention. Place all valuables, which includes all electronics, medications and prescriptions, in your carry-on luggage. Baggage can easily be lost or broken into once it is out of your sight.
When you are waiting at ticket counters, security checkpoints, or gates keep your luggage in front of you or between your feet, never at your side or behind you. It only takes seconds for a thief to distract you, while an accomplice walks away with your luggage.
When going through security, don’t put your personal property on the conveyor until the last possible second. After you place your items on the belt, keep a close eye on them until you have reclaimed it. Don’t be distracted by anything.
If you plan on being out late or just don’t want to drive, consider using a taxi or private hire vehicle. Check with the reception desk, as the hotel may have a complimentary shuttle service or can direct you to a reliable taxi service. If you do chose to use a different transportation service, take a picture of the vehicle and license plate to send to friends or family and tell them your ETA.
If you are renting a car, make sure your rental car does not readily identify you as a tourist. Some rental companies use a special license plate or exterior makings that criminals know belong to a rental car agency.