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How to Protect Yourself Against Crime When on Vacation

Exploring the world can be an exhilarating experience – that is, until it isn’t. All areas, no matter how big or small they may be, are vulnerable to crime and other dangers. That is why taking safety measures should always come first before embarking on your journey! In this article, you will discover a few precautions for protection when traveling; by following these guidelines carefully, you can guarantee yourself a secure and wonderful trip!

Understand the Risks

Doing research on the crime rates in the area where you plan to vacation is a crucial step in protecting yourself against any potential threats or dangers that may arise during your travels. This research can be done in several ways, such as reading reviews of tourists who have stayed in the area, checking with local crime maps, or even using resources like the US Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council. Having an idea of what kind of crime is mostly likely to happen in the area can give you an idea of how to prepare for and avoid it.

Lock Up Your House

Before you go on vacation, it’s important to make sure that your home is secure and properly locked up. Make sure all windows and doors are closed, locked, and secured with a deadbolt. If possible, install an alarm system in your house so that it will be monitored for suspicious activity while you are away. Many burglars use information from social media to know which homes are going to be empty, so be careful about what you post. This also applies with whatever house, apartment, or hotel you are staying in during your vacation. Burglars and thieves know that vacationers often have their guard down, and will often target temporary housing like this.

Leave Valuables at Home

Before you take a trip, it’s wise to leave your valuables behind as this makes you less tempting to criminals. While we understand the temptation of bringing along pricey items or gadgets with sentimental value; however, it is vital that you remember the chance of loss outweighs any potential benefit they offer while on vacation. To be extra cautious and reduce risk further, try limiting yourself to minimal amounts of cash and jewelry when packing for your journey – these are especially attractive targets for thieves!

While it’s impossible to guarantee your safety 100%, following the tips in this blog post will help you minimize your risk of being a victim of crime while on vacation. So go out and enjoy your time off, safe in the knowledge that you’ve done everything you can to protect yourself. What precautions do you take when traveling?

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by Virgin America Flight Attendant
TJ Newman



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