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Safe traveling tips from Lt. Russell
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Safe traveling tips from Lt. Russell

Lt. Kevin Russell of the Benton Police Department offers these tips to travel safely during the holiday season:

The holidays are almost upon us which means road trips to see family and friends.  If you are about to embark on that long awaited holiday vacation, we have some safety tips for you to consider before leaving. 

Making sure your luggage is out of sight is paramount to keep wandering eyes from being tempted to break into your vehicle.  Don’t store valuables such as jewelry in your suitcase, and an even better idea might be to not even take it with you in the first place. 

When you are out of the vehicle, whether pumping gas or checking into a hotel, be sure not to look vulnerable or lost.  Be sure to walk like you have a purpose and pay close attention to what is going on around you.  Criminals are always looking for easy targets to snatch purses or “pickpocket” from.  Women should hold their purses securely under their arms and men should carry their wallet in an inside coat or pants pocket. 

It’s very important to leave non-essential articles such as social security cards and unneeded credit cards at home.  This way if your wallet or purse is stolen you won’t have as much to worry about losing.  Also, keep the phone numbers for contacting your credit card companies in a secret location in case you need to cancel them in a hurry.  The secret location should not be in your purse or wallet.  Using traveler’s checks is also a good idea, because if they are lost or stolen you can usually replace them in a timely manner. 

Never discuss your travel plans, room number, or personal information in public or with strangers.  By public, that also (especially) means don’t put your plans out on social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook.  With the advent of social media it seems to be all the rage to tell everyone you know exactly what you’re doing or where you are going.  Unfortunately, you may trust everybody on your friend’s list but you never know who else might see it and use it to their advantage to start their Christmas shopping at your house while you’re away. 

You should refrain from flashing your driver’s license or passport in public, because you never know whose wandering eyes might see it.  Large amounts of cash are not advisable either, for the same reason. 

One thing that everyone should have in their vehicle is an emergency kit.  The kit should include a first aid kit, jumper cables, a flashlight, and bottled water.  Depending on the area you are visiting you might also want to include articles such as blankets or bug repellant.  You never know when you might need these items and the old adage is true, “You don’t need it, until you need it” so it is best to be prepared. 

These are just a few ideas to consider as the holidays approach us.  We hope this helps make it a fun and safe holiday season filled with great memories for you and your family.  Be safe out there. 

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