From the Newark Police Department
It’s travel season. Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your family safe while traveling:
- Don't answer the door in a hotel or motel room without verifying who it is. If a person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask if someone from the hotel staff is supposed to have access to your room and for what purpose.
- When returning to your hotel or motel late in the evening, use the main entrance of the hotel. Be observant and look around before entering parking lots.
- Close the door securely whenever you are in your room and use all of the locking devices provided.
- Don't needlessly display guest room keys in public or carelessly leave them on restaurant tables, at the swimming pool, or other places where they can be easily stolen.
- Don't draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry. Leave the fancy jewelry at home!
- Don't invite strangers to your room.
- Place all valuables in the hotel or motel's safe deposit box.
- Don't leave valuables in your vehicle.
- Check to see that any sliding glass doors or windows and any connecting room doors are locked.
- If you see any suspicious activity, please report your observations to the management.
- What's the safest hotel floor? Always try to get a room on floors 2-8. A room on the ground floor will be more easily accessible to criminals from the outside. A high level - such as the 20th floor - may be quieter, but in case of a fire, there's little chance firefighters could reach you with even their tallest ladder.
- Dressing safely: Blending in makes you less of a target than if you announce your home country by wearing your country's flag or national colors.
- Instincts: Trust your instincts and don't venture through side streets, even if it seems like a convenient shortcut. Criminals like to strike in secluded areas. If you stick to the well-traveled streets, you'll be less likely to have criminals approach you.
- Carry your wallet in your front pocket, or better yet, get a money belt or a passport holder/wallet you can wear around your neck (but be sure to keep in under your shirt when you can). Be aware that people who are jostling you are potential pickpockets.
- Clean out your wallet before you leave home. Don't carry any more credit cards than you need. Make sure you leave your Social Security card behind.
Source: National Crime Prevention Council. www.ncpc.org