Sheriff Tommy Bryant’s tips for a safe, fun vacation this summer

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Take a break and have a SAFE vacation.  Here’s  some tips on having a safe vacation:

Before leaving

Inform you neighbors of how long you expect to be away.  Have a friend or neighbor pick up mail and/or deliveries.  Simulate a “lived in” appearance by using timers to run lights and a radio on and off during expected hours.

On the road

Never carry large amounts of cash:  use travelers checks.  If you must carry a large sum of money, do not display it openly.  Keep a record of your traveler’s check numbers and your credit card numbers in a safe place.  Have the telephone numbers to call in case they are lost or stolen.  Take only the credit cards you plan to use.   Be aware of your surroundings and never advertise your plans to strangers.  This includes travel routes and the amount of cash you are carrying.  Always lock your car when entering or leaving it.  Park in well lighted, busy areas and check the vehicles interior and surrounding area before entering.  Always lock valuables out of sight.  Always carry wallets, checkbooks, and purses with you.  Do not advertise that you are a tourist.  Place maps and travel brochures in the glove compartment.  If you become lost, drive to a public place to check the map.  Don’t stop along a street or highway.

Hotel and motel security

Determine the most direct route to and from your room, to the fire escapes elevators, and nearest phone.  When occupying or leaving your room, use all auxiliary locking devices on doors and windows.  Identify anyone requesting entry to your room.  Open the door only if you are certain that the person has a legitimate reason to enter your room.  If in doubt, call the hotel/motel office.  Unpack and place belongings in the closet and dresser.  Arrange your things so you’ll know if anything is missing.  When you leave your room, close up the suitcase.  Suitcases should always be locked so they cannot be used to carry your property out of your room.  Never leave money checks, credit cards or car keys in the room.  Take them with you. Place extra cash, expensive jewelry or other valuables (furs, gems, gold, or silver) in the hotel/motel safe.  Report any lost or stolen items to the Hotel/motel management and to the police.

On the town

Never display large amounts of cash when making purchases.  It is better to use traveler’s checks or credit cards.  Men should carry wallets in an inside coat or trouser pocket.  A woman should hold her purse close to her side when walking.  Be sure the purse is closed tightly and that the opening is facing the body.  Don’t stop to give money to panhandlers.  Be aware of your surroundings and those around you.  If you feel threatened or uncomfortable, seek help.

Have a great time!

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