25 Days of Safety -- Day 1
|Date:||December 1, 2011|
25 Days of Safety -- brought to you by the Middletown Police Department
Today's Tip -- TRAVELING
¨ Traveling has become a large part of the Holiday Season. It is wonderful to be able to spend time with family members that you do not regularly see, but the traveling required to do so cannot only be tiresome and stressful, it can present additional opportunities to fall victim to a crime.
So while you are traveling in or on ...
¨ Airplane – Be sure your luggage tags do not have your home address or your full name. Anybody can have access to your luggage while it is on the belt at baggage claim. Instead, use a first initial and last name, use a cell phone number and possibly a work address.
¨ Bus – Sit closer to the front, near the driver and away from the rear entrance. If you have an open seat next to you that you wish to put your bags on; sit in the aisle seat and place your belongings on the inside seat, away from open access.
¨ Taxi – If you are “hailing a cab," address the driver as you enter. Let him know that you know who he is. Make sure that he has his ID visible and a Certification number to be a cab driver. Pay attention so you are not making four rights over and over as the meter is running.
¨ Taxi – If you are calling ahead, ask the driver's name, how long it will take to arrive at your destination, and what the fare will be. They are giving you a ride, don't let them take you for one!
¨ If you have decided to skip the family gathering and will be traveling abroad and in an unfamiliar location, do your research. Find out local rules and laws so you will not commit any violations. Also, find out where the local Police Station or U.S. Embassy is located.