Travel Safety Tips

At Home

  • When away, you can call the Taylor Police Department at (734) 287-6611 to place your home on a list for “home checks”.
  • Leave a car in the driveway or ask neighbors to park there.
  • Have a neighbor collect your mail and any deliveries.
  • Never hide keys; leave one with a trusted neighbor if needed.
  • Arrange to have your lawn mowed or snow shoveled.
  • Turn the telephone ringer down low so a prowler will not notice that no one appears home to answer it.
  • Put several lamps on timers to turn off at different hours and leave shades in normal positions to avoid the home looking unoccupied.  
  • Never leave a telephone message stating that you are away.
  • If you have guns or other valuables, leave them with a relative or trusted friend.
  • Tell a neighbor how to reach you and how long you will be gone. They can report suspicious persons or activity to police.
  • If you return home and find evidence of a break-in, do not enter and do not touch anything. Call police from a neighbor’s house.
  •  If you encounter a burglar, avoid him and let him leave.  Get a good description and call Taylor Police.

On The Road

  • Check and service your vehicle for trouble before your trip.
  • Never carry excessive cash; use traveler’s checks.  If you must carry cash—do not display it openly.
  • Record traveler’s checks and credit card numbers in a safe place.
  • Have telephone numbers to call if your checks or credit cards are lost or stolen.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and never advertise your plans, including travel routes and how much cash you are carrying.
  • Do not stop to help a stranded motorist.  Call for assistance.
  • If someone is following you, drive to the nearest public place and call police.  If it is unsafe to get out of your car, honk your horn and flash your lights to draw attention.
  • If your vehicle breaks down, raise the hood and attach a white cloth to the antenna as an emergency signal.  
  • Stay in your locked car; ask anyone who stops to call police or a garage.  If you must abandon your car—keep all passengers together.

Hotel and Motel Security

  • Learn the direct route to and from your room to fire escapes, elevators and nearest telephone.
  • Use all auxiliary locking devices on the door and windows.  You can purchase a portable door lock for traveling.
  • Use the door viewer to identify anyone at your door. Open the door only if you are sure the person has a legitimate reason to enter your room.  If in doubt, call the hotel office.
  • Place your belongings in the closet and dresser.  Arrange things so you will know if anything is missing.
  • Consider locking any electrical appliances inside luggage.  Suitcases should always be locked so they cannot be used to carry your property from your room.
  • Never leave money, checks, credit cards, or car keys in the room.
  • Use the hotel/motel safe to store extra cash or other valuables.
  • Report lost or stolen items to the management and to police.
  • Report any suspicious movements in the corridors or rooms.

Car Security

  • Always lock your car and keep valuables out of sight, preferably in the trunk.  Always carry wallets, checkbooks, and purses with you.
  • Do not advertise that you are a tourist.  Put maps and travel brochures in the glove compartment.
  • Park in a well-lit, busy area.
  • Check the back seat before getting into your car.
  • Mark your car radio and other removable car equipment with your driver’s license number for identification.

Sightseeing

  • Ask for directions at the hotel/motel to local attractions and select tour guides carefully.
  • Ask if any areas in town should be avoided.  Stick to well-lit main streets and public areas.
  • Looking lost can make you look like an easy target.  If you do get lost, find an open business and ask for directions.
  • Only carry as much cash as you will need and in small bills.
  • If older children go off separately, synchronize your watches and be sure they know the importance of returning at the designated time and place.

Source:  American Crime Prevention Institute