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Travel Tips from the Richland Co. Sheriff's Dept.

(Columbia) December 22, 2006 - The Richland County Sheriff's Department is working to make sure everyone's holidays saty happy this year. To ensure your home and your family stay safe while traveling, the Sheriff's Department is offering these tips:

Travel Safety - Prepare Your Home

To reduce or minimize the risk of becoming a victim while traveling you should:

  • Have someone collect your mail and newspaper daily.
  • Leave shades and blinds in normal positions.
  • Put at least two lights and a radio on automatic timers.
  • Have someone leave trash at your curb on garbage collection day.
  • Have someone park a car in your driveway occasionally.
  • If you leave your car outside, arrange to have it moved every so often.
  • Leave a key with a trusted neighbor in case of an emergency.
  • Let the neighbor know where you are going and when you are expect to return, also leave them a way to get in contact with you in case of an emergency.
  • Lock all windows and doors before you go.
  • Do not forget to double-check basement and garage doors.
  • On extended trips have someone to maintain your landscaping, (grass mowed, leaves raked, etc.)
  • Prior to departure, contact your local law enforcement and place your home on special property check.

Travel Safety - While Traveling

To reduce or minimize the risk of becoming a victim while traveling you should:

  • Do not travel with large amounts of cash;
  • -Use traveler's checks and keep extra checks secured
  • -Do not take credit cards or valuables you won't need.
  • Carry a photocopy of all your identification and credit card in case you lose something.
  • Use all door locks in your room.
  • Always lock your hotel room even if you are going down the hall to get ice.
  • Leave the TV on when you are out of your hotel room;
  • -Use the DO NOT DISTURB sign
  • -Do not use the "please clean" sign.
  • Never open your hotel door for anybody unless; you have verified with the front desk that person works there and verified through the peephole.
  • Use the hotel safe for valuables, cash, and jewelry and etc.;
  • -Do not leave valuables in your vehicle
  • -Do not leave valuables in your hotel room.
  • Do not sightsee "off the beaten path";
  • -Check with your hotel staff or travel agent for reputable cab and sightseeing services

Posted 3:01pm by Logan Smith

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