Are you visiting family for the holidays or maybe just looking to take a Winter getaway? This is a busy season of year for travelers, and unfortunately, theft increases as well. This could be in the form of stolen luggage, a car that’s broken into, or even a home burglary when you’re away. To find out more about safety while traveling read our short guide to keeping you safe and your belongings secure.

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After over ten years on the road, I had never had anything stolen from me despite visiting vastly different places, and getting off safer tourist trails to visit many places people would consider dangerous. – Benny Lewis

Protect Yourself

Personal safety goes beyond just worrying about injury or violent crime. In this day and age, you also need to think about how to protect your identity. Start with calling or visiting your bank. Let them know that you’ll be on the road, and ask them if there are any special actions you need to take. Many banks will want you to inform them if you’re leaving the country and where you are going. That way they know not to lock your credit card if they see a strange foreign purchase on it.

Keep a scanned copy of your passport, driver’s license, health insurance information, and any other critical paperwork that you may have.

These backup copies can save you a major headache if your wallet or luggage gets stolen. It’s also a good idea to have a digital copy of all of these records with an online service like Dropbox that will only allow access through a password.

Protect Your Belongings

If you’re transporting valuable items with you and have to stop for a short time, make sure that they are secured out of sight in the locked trunk of your car. Otherwise, use the security boxes at your hotel. Never store valuable inside your room, especially in resort areas. Thieves are known to target people on vacation at these places.

Other tips for protecting your belongings include:

  • Having a fake “decoy” wallet with only a few dollars in it.
  • Using an inexpensive phone just for when you’re traveling.
  • Carrying wallet and phone somewhere more secure than your back pocket.
  • Wiring backpack zippers closed so they can’t be opened quickly.

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Protect Your Home

Home break-ins unfortunately rise during the holidays. There are many simple tips you can use to minimize the chances of this happening to you. Start by asking your neighbors to keep an eye on your home and pick up your mail and newspapers so they don’t pile up outside your house. Also, set your lights to turn on automatically with a timer. A good home security system can do this for you.

Look for a company like Protect America which offers a complete and monitored home security package. This means that someone will always be keeping an eye on your home’s security cameras, fire alarms, and door locks. Contact us at Protect America today to find out more.