Tis' the Season to Be... Safe and Secure

By Bernard Robinson Director of Security Services, St. Regis Atlanta | December 11, 2011

When planning for your travel during this holiday season, thoughts are often about family gatherings, the hotel or just getting through the busy airport. Warm greetings inundated with holiday music complimented with cheerful exchanges, can sometimes feel like work. Because we desire not to conjure up negative images, or introduce trepidation, less attention is directed toward safety associated with traveling and environmental awareness of criminal activity. Just as we anticipate the joys of the holidays, it behooves us to possess a more heightened sense for safety and security when traveling and being aware of your surroundings.

The need for travel safety consciousness is applicable for everyone. There are several basic factors to assuring safety and security is a part of every phase of traveling throughout the holiday season. Travel options during the holiday season are mostly air travels, car rentals, and hotel accommodations.

Secure Your Home Before You Leave

Travel arrangements begin with precautionary measures at home before departing. In planning your travels, you must first secure your home and take proper measures to prevent any accidents or burglaries. Suggestions to implement safety measures are:

• Never announce your intentions to leave. You never know who is listening. Only let trusted family and friends know of your travel plans and have them conduct a periodic check of your residence.
• Leave contact information and travel itineraries with only trusted family and friends. Even if you choose to drive to your destination, inform them of your intended route just in case of an emergency.
• Place a "hold" on all postal deliveries for the duration of intended stay away from residence. If you forget, have a family member or neighbor collect any/all mail during time away.
• Place timer for home lights to give the perception the residence is occupied. Perception is a workable deterrent for potential burglaries.
• Do you have pets? If you can't bring your pets with you on your travels, make prior arrangements for pet hotels or sitter. If you are bringing your pets, you'll want to check with rental Car Company and the hotel that it is ok to have pets in the car or stay in the hotel room with you. You don't have to any surprises or have to scramble for other lodging. Also check with the concierge of your hotel. They usually will know if there is a pet hotel close to the property.

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