While on vacation, you don't want to think about being a victim of crime. By taking a few precautions you can prevent yourself and your family from being a victim of crime. Here are a few things that will help make your trip a safer one.
When traveling with children, make sure they know how to use the phone to get help in case of an emergency. Teach them how to dial 9-1-1 and the operator. When you arrive at your destination, locate the nearest Emergency Room or Urgent Care facility, just in case
Keep your room key hidden from sight. Avoid taking your key out in restaurants and in other public places where it can be seen and stolen. Carry your purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put your wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
Pack as lightly as you can. Heavy luggage will slow you down and make you more vulnerable to pickpockets and thieves. Remember that thieves seem to target expensive, designer luggage more than less conspicuous lower priced kinds. Do not keep your money in your suitcase. Keep it with you at all times, divided up between the adults on your trip. You can also store valuables in the hotel safe.
Keep your long distance telephone card number secure, just as you would any credit card. Dial so that an observer will not overhear or observe your card number. When using your credit card, be sure to get a receipt, and in the event there is a piece of carbon paper, tear that up personally or put it in your purse for later disposal. Your credit card might be your most important possession while traveling - even more important than your passport. Identity thieves are everywhere, especially in crowded cities, and all they need is one chance to get your credit card information.