SPRING BREAK SAFETY TIPS

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Crime Prevention
Crime-Prevention
 SPRING BREAK SAFETY TIPS 
THE PUEBLO POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THESE FOLLOWING SAFETY REMINDERS
FOR SPRING BREAK OR VACATION TRAVEL IN GENERAL
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Options to consider before you leave


  • Be sure to let someone trustworthy know where you are going, the route you plan to take, when you plan to arrive, and how to contact you. If the plans change let them know that as well.
  • Make sure your house appears “lived-in” while you are away. Lock all your doors and windows, set household lights (inside and out) on timers and/or exterior lights on a photo cell reader.
  • If you are unable to get someone to house sit for you while you are gone, try to arrange for someone to periodically check on your home or even park their car there.  
  • Contact your trustworthy neighbors to keep and extra eye out for you and pick up your mail and newspapers while you are away. If this isn’t an option, contact the post office to have them hold for pickup.
  • Invest in an alarm. An alarm system lets you, the police, and your neighbors in the area know if someone has invaded your space.
  • Invest in a doorbell camera. Some manufactures allow you to answer your doorbell live and monitor your home while away. 
  • Record your valuables. Be sure all your valuables are recorded and accounted for (Serial numbers, detailed descriptions, and photos, etc.). Burglars commonly take flat screen televisions, jewelry, electronic systems, firearms, and money on a regular basis when breaking into homes. 
  • Program your credit card companies lost/stolen phone numbers into your phone so you can cancel ASAP if they are lost or stolen. 

Road trip tips


  • Always wear your seatbelt when driving.
  • If your feeling sleepy pull over at a public area to rest or rotate driving.
  • Don’t drink and drive, designate.
  • Always lock your car doors. Don’t leave valuables within in your vehicle. 
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Park in well-lit visible areas and close to the building.
  • Fill the gas tank before dark; lock your car doors and roll up your windows if you step away from the car for any reason.

Hotel/Motel safety


  • Use all hotel locks on your door, even when you’re in your room.
  • Store valuables in the room safe.
  • Don’t tell strangers the name of your hotel, your room number, or other personal information.
  • Don’t prop your hotel door or open your door to strangers. Use the peep hole before opening the door.
  • Don’t leave your purse or bags unattended at hotel buffets or lounges.

Out on the Town


  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Take only the cash/credit cards you absolutely need.
  • Women should keep purses closed and tight against their body. The smaller the purse the better and toward the front, across your shoulders.
  • Men should keep wallets or cash/cards in a front pant pocket.
  • Always let someone know where you are going, who you are with, and when you will return.
  • Avoid going off with strangers, use the buddy system.
  • Avoid using alcohol and other drugs. Impaired judgment can put you in potentially dangerous situations.
  • Select ATM machines in visible, well-lit locations.