Security Measures to Take While Traveling
Traveling with friends, family, or even alone can be a lot of fun, but there are also many different security related things to keep in mind. Women, children, and pets also have different travel safety needs. By following a little bit of common sense and a few simple tips, you can be assured that your trip with not only be one you will always remember, but it will be a safe one as well. While traveling is sure to be a great experience, staying safe should never stray far from your priorities. Thinking about these things in advance will help to ensure that you have a fun, safe, and enjoyable trip that you'll never forget.
Something everyone should keep in mind is how to make sure your home stays safe while you are away. Leave the front porch light and any back lights on the entire time so it gives the illusion that there is always someone home. Lock all doors and windows and if someone is watching your home for you have them bring the newspaper inside each day. This will make it appear to potential criminals that you are there. If you have a home security system, be sure to arm it and give the code to your house sitter so that they can re-arm it when you leave. If you have security cameras, make sure that your DVR is set to record while you are away. If possible, have someone stay in your home for you while you're gone.
Staying safe while traveling is imperative and there are a few things you can do to help ensure that you're free from harm. It is a good idea to make copies of all documents including your passport and other ID before you leave and give it to someone you trust in case you lose yours or it gets stolen. Always carry your identification with you when you're traveling, whether it is within the US or overseas. Try to enjoy your trip early in the mornings and retire to your hotel fairly early. Most criminals are out and about at night so this can help to minimize the risk. Travel with a group or a buddy so you always have a companion with you in case you need help. Make sure your hotel stays locked both when you leave and when you are in the room.
Traveling abroad often carries more risks than traveling within the US. Try to learn the language of the country you're visiting, at least a few basic sentences. This way you can easily communicate with hotel staff, shopkeepers, bartenders, and the police if need be. Learn about the customs and clothing of the country you are visiting so you will blend in and not stand out as much. Try not to look too much like an American, as many criminals in other countries know what to look for and may try to pick you out of the crowd as their next victim. Be aware of pickpockets and never carry a bag with thin straps across your shoulder, as many criminals tend to cut the straps and run off with your belongings. Use guided tours if possible so that you do not get lost and remain with a group.
Women should be especially aware of certain travel safety rules. Never go anywhere alone, and always bring someone with you when you venture out, particularly at night. Bring some mace or pepper spray in the event you have to defend yourself in a dangerous situation. Do not wear flashy jewelry, as this will only tempt a robber to try and steal from you. Walk briskly and with your head up and eyes moving around, so that you look confident and aware of your surroundings. Do not drink too much while you're out unless you can stay close to your trusted travel companion.
This article was written by Mike Haldas, co-founder and managing partner of CCTV Camera Pros.