Spring Break Safety Tips

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 plans change, let them know!
  • Make sure your house or apartment appears “lived-in” while you are away. Lock all your doors and windows and set household lights on timers. If able, park a car in the driveway to make it look like you are home.
  • Keep valuables out of sight from windows and locked away.
  • Program your credit card companies lost/stolen phone numbers into your cellphone so you can cancel ASAP if they are lost or stolen on your trip.
  • Operation Identification (record your valuables by photo and/or safely stored documentation). This includes (serial numbers, models, detailed descriptions, etc.). Burglars commonly steal flat screen televisions, jewelry, electronic systems, firearms, and money.

Road Trip Tips

  • Always wear your seatbelt when driving.
  • If possible, don’t travel alone.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Park in well-lit visible areas.
  • If your feeling sleepy, pull over at a public area to rest or rotate driving.
  • Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs that impair your ability to drive safely.
  • Always lock your car doors. Don’t leave valuables or perceived valuables within in your vehicle.

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.

Sexual Assault Awareness

  • Stay in groups of people you trust.
  • Do not go out alone on a date with a person you have only known a day or recently met on Tinder!
  • Never drink from a glass that was left unattended.
  • Remember about date rape drugs – most are odorless and tasteless!
  • Always watch the bartender make or pour your drink. 
  • If you start to feel more intoxicated than normal, or start to feel faint, have your friends take you some where safe and seek medical attention if necessary.
  • Keep your hand over an open drink cup so no one can slip something in it.
  • If you think you have been a victim, contact the authorities immediately. Dial 911!

Out on the Town

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Take only what you absolutely need.
  • Keep purses closed and tight against your body. The smaller the purse or no purse the better.
  • 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!

Traveling Abroad

  • Laws may be different than the US. Research the laws of the area you are traveling to.
  • If you are accused of, or a victim of a crime, contact the US Embassy or Consulate Office.
  • Different areas of the world may hold different threats to your safety. Check with the S. Department of State for travel advisories for the country you plan to visit.
  • Students traveling to Mexico, take extra caution and read the State Departments warnings carefully.