Vacation Safety

Before Leaving

  • Complete a Vacation House Check Form and return to the Wayne Police Department
  • Inform your neighbors of how long you expect to be away. Inform them if you will have a house-sitter.
  • Have a friend or neighbor pick up mail and/or deliveries. Make arrangements to have the lawn mowed and leaves picked up.
  • 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 your checks or credit cards are lost or stolen
  • Take only credit cards that you actually plan to use. Make a Xerox copy of all your cards before you leave home so you have a record of the card numbers.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and never advertise your plans to strangers. This includes travel routines and the amount of cash you are carrying

Car Rental and Security

  • When renting a car, pick one whose operations you are familiar with. If not, take time to see where the lights, brakes, turn signals, windshield wipers, and spare tire are and how they work.
  • Don't rent a car at night. Stay in the hotel and rent it in the morning
  • Always lock your car when entering or leaving it.
  • Park in well-lighted, busy areas and check the vehicle's 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 on the glove compartment
  • If you do become lost, drive to a public place to check the map. Don't stop along a street or the highway


  • Remember the name and address of the hotel/motel where you are staying. Take a business card or a book of matches with the name of the hotel/motel.
  • Ask for directions at a hotel/motel on how to get to those attractions you want to visit. Ask if there are any areas of town to avoid.
  • Select your guides carefully
  • Ask if there are any areas in town you should avoid. Stick to well-lighted main streets and public areas
  • Only carry with you the cash you will need, and only in small denominations

Hotel and Motel Security

When staying overnight at a hotel or motel, remember the following:

  • 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 front desk
  • 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 your 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/stolen items to the hotel/motel management and to the police
  • Report to the management any suspicious movements in the corridors or rooms

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