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Travel Safety

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Travel Safety

  1. 1. Travel Safety Presentation UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS POLICE DEPARTMENT
  2. 2. Make copies  Travel itinerary, phone numbers, agendas, flight numbers, rental car information, passport, driver’s license, etc. Book rooms with larger hotels  Second to seventh floors are best Know you limit with credit cards Check your insurance Make sure home is left secure Prepare to be safe before you leave
  3. 3. Clothes & Toiletries Take only what you need Dress conservatively Adjust attire to local customs and dress Know regulations for liquids Medicine Bring enough to last entire trip Use original labeled containers Packing the Essentials
  4. 4. Do not carry large amounts BUT have reserve cash handy Use travelers checks or credit cards Record serial numbers of account information Traveling with Money
  5. 5. Keeps tabs on plane, train and bus tickets Have a cell phone Consider buying a telephone card Tickets and Telephone Cards
  6. 6. Write contact information on luggage  Do not identify luggage with tags, student tags, stickers, etc. Know the TSA rules before packing If possible, lock luggage after TSA inspection Travel in groups If possible, have someone meet you at arrival airport Departing And Arriving
  7. 7. Have route planned in advanced Check vehicle’s fluids and tires Carry emergency items Find a safe place to nap if sleepy Do not waste time fumbling for keys when trying to unlock the door Do not drive while under the influence Traveling by Car
  8. 8. Do not get out of car Steer car off the road as much as possible Call for assistance immediately If approached, only roll down your window Break Down on the Road
  9. 9. Keep doors locked Guard keycards/keys Use auxiliary locking devices Answer the door for people you know Do not go back to the hotel with someone you recently met Staying Overnight
  10. 10. If alone, do not get on an elevator if there is a suspicious- looking person Look around before entering parking lots or garages Park near lighted walkways Elevators and Parking
  11. 11. Check belongings daily Keep bags and backpacks in hand at all times Store valuables in room’s safe Keep up-to-date on travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State http://www.travel.state.gov During the Day
  12. 12. Do not hitchhike Know locations for closest hospital, police station and embassy Carry only what you need Stay clear of protest groups and political demonstrations During the Day Continued
  13. 13. 360 degree awareness Inform everyone of the names and telephone numbers of residing places Do not carry fake ID’s Know your surroundings
  14. 14. Carry purses and belongings close to body Carry wallet inside coat or front trouser pocket  Do not flash cash or jewelry Use a credential pouch or money belt Select sightseeing companies, guides and drivers carefully Avoid scam artists and gypsies Street Safety
  15. 15. Do not use short cuts, narrow alleys or poorly-lit streets Plan route in advance Make sure others know about your whereabouts Appear in control and assertive If lost, act as if you know where you are going Trust your instincts Safety on the Street Threat Assessment
  16. 16. Beware of thieves, palm readers and pickpockets  Often have accomplices who may…  Jostle you  Ask you for directions or the time  Distract you by creating a disturbance If confronted, do not fight back If possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to local police Minimize risk by carrying less items Pickpockets and Thieves
  17. 17. Prescription medications are unavailable Theft of passports or personal documents Having valuables stolen while sleeping on train or bus Robbery Using unlicensed taxi cabs Examples of Past Problems
  18. 18. Trust your instincts Form a buddy system Avoid being alone or isolated with a stranger Practice safe drinking Always carry emergency cash and local numbers for cab companies Sexual Assault and kidnappings
  19. 19. Educate yourself on local laws and customs  Ex. Ask before taking pictures Alcohol and controlled substances can lead to legal problems or jail time U.S. will not always be able to resolve criminal conduct Think before you act Local Laws
  20. 20. Terrorism comes with little or no warning  Be aware or conspicuous or unusual behavior  Leave if you feel uncomfortable or something does not seem right Take note of emergency exits and staircases Take notice of heavy or breakable objects that could fall or break in an explosion Preparing for Possible terrorism
  21. 21. Call local police Call UTPD  512-471-4441 Call Oversees Citizens Services  1 – 202-501-4444 Contact International SOS 24/7  1-215-942-8478 Contact nearest American embassy or consulate In trouble or need help
  22. 22. Register with Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov http://www.state.gov http://www.studentsabroad.com http://www.state.gov/travel/ http://travel.state.gov/  http://www.safespringbreak.org/safety-tips/ Internet Sites on Travel
  23. 23. Police Department 512-471-441 Crime Prevention Unit Officer Layne Brewster layne.brewster@austin.utexas.edu 512-232-9638 Officer Jimmy Moore Jr. jimmy.moore@austin.utexas.edu 512-232-9634 Questions and concerns about health and safety abroad: contact UT Study Abroad, 512–471-6490 Contact

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