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Summer Travel Safety Tips

If you’re planning summer travel, here are some safety tips to keep in mind from the Washington City Police Department:

  1. Home Security:
  • Before leaving, ensure all doors and windows are securely locked.
  • Consider installing timers for lights to give the appearance that someone is home.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to collect mail and packages.
  1. Property Protection:
  • Store valuable items out of sight.
  • If you have a garage, park your car inside.
  • Trim any overgrown shrubs or trees near windows to prevent easy access.
  1. Social Media Caution:
  • Avoid posting travel plans on social media. Burglars may monitor online activity.
  • Share vacation updates after returning home.
  1. Utilities and Appliances:
  • Unplug non-essential appliances to save energy and prevent electrical hazards.
  • Turn off the water supply to prevent leaks or flooding.
  1. Emergency Contacts:
  • Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with a family member or friend.
  • Save emergency numbers, including local police and fire departments, on your phone.
  1. Travel Health Precautions:
  • Check travel advisories and health guidelines related to your destination.
  • Pack necessary medications and a basic first aid kit.

Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in ensuring a safe and worry-free summer trip. You can also request extra patrols by your residence by filling out the Residential Vacation Security Check on the Police Department website.

                 –Police Department

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