Vacation Safety Tips

Before leaving for a trip:

  • Create the illusion that someone is home.
    • Set lights on timers.
    • Play the radio.
    • Have neighbors maintain the yard and pick up the paper.
  • Have front outside lights on photocells that activate in the evening and shut off at daybreak.
  • Tell neighbors of your absence and encourage them to contact the police about any suspicious activity at your house.
  • Make sure all entry points into the home are secure.
  • Do not stop your mail or paper.
  • If you have an alarm system, leave a current list of contacts with your alarm company in case your system activates. False alarms may be fined.
  • Disconnect the garage door opener and lock the garage door.
  • Turn off the water to the house to prevent rupturing of a hose or water line.
  • Have neighbors check the house on occasion. This can create the illusion of occupancy. Also, a neighbor can identify potential problems and act immediately.
  • Make arrangements to have the yard cut or snow shoveled.

While on your trip:

  • Speak up if you think something is dangerous.
  • Plan ahead for any problems you might encounter.
  • Bring sufficient money for gas, food and shelter.
  • Get all road and trail maps before the trip.
  • Be sure an area is safe before exploring.
  • Confirm reservations before leaving home.
  • Know your traveling companions well.
  • If you choose to drink, monitor your consumption.
  • Don't drink and drive.
  • Don't mix drugs and alcohol.
  • Don't accept drinks from strangers.
  • Avoid extra stress by discussing trip expectations beforehand with your friends.
  • Do all things in moderation. Too much fun, sun and socializing isn't always good.

For more information about safety tips, contact Captain Robert Gibson at 588-5030 e-mail

Last modified: Mar 19, 2013