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Safety tips for travellers

Going out of town? Whether you're travelling on summer holidays with the family, taking a business trip or going away for the holiday season, protect your home in your absence. These simple steps will give you peace of mind that your home will be safe upon your return.

Make your home look lived-in while you're away

Here are some tricks:

  • Arrange to have your mail picked up and consider stopping newspaper delivery at least one day before you leave to be certain your request was received.
  • Arrange to have the grass cut, the leaves raked or the snow removed as necessary.
  • Use timers on a few lamps in rooms where the light will be noticed from outside the house.
  • Have a neighbour check both inside and outside the house every few days. Ask them to pick up items delivered to you while you are away.
  • If you have a clearly designated outside parking space (as is the case in many townhouse neighbourhoods), ask a neighbour to park their car in your space.
  • Tell a neighbour you're going away. Also remember to keep an eye on your neighbours’ house as well. Notify the police if you see anything suspicious.

Stay safe when you're out of town or overseas

Reduce your chance pf being a victim of crime while traveling with these tips:

  • Use a reputable travel agent who knows your destination and can ensure you are staying in a reputable hotel.
  • Leave the name, room number, and contact information of your hotel with family or friends at home. If camping, leave directions to the campground, along with your site number. It is also advisable to leave a map of your route and any stops you plan to take.
  • Once at your hotel, place your valuables in the hotel safe.
  • Report any lost or stolen items to the management and to the police.
  • Avoid hotels that use keys, as they can be easily duplicated. Only stay at hotels that use coded cards.
  • Close your room door securely and only admit people you’re expecting. If you’re unsure about the identity of someone who claims to be a hotel employee, call the front desk and check.
  • Check to see that any sliding glass doors or windows and any connecting doors are locked.
  • Use all of the locking devices provided (chain, deadbolt, etc.).
  • Use the main entrance if returning to your room late in the evening.
  • Ask the management for directions to locations you’ll be visiting, if there are areas you should avoid, and for recommendations about reliable taxis or tour guides.
  • If you see any suspicious activity, report it to hotel management.