NORTHBROOK, Ill. , July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the economy continues to rebound, Americans are preparing for summer vacation trips around the country. According to PhoCusWright's U.S. Consumer Travel Report, six in ten U.S. adults traveled for leisure in 2012, the same number as in 2011. However, vacationing away from home can present safety risks as well as pleasures (see attached infographic with detailed theft statistics from Allstate).
"You can help make family trips more enjoyable by taking a few simple steps to reduce the possibility you will become an easy target for thieves who prey on tourists, or that your home will be robbed in your absence," says Allstate Claims Director of Property Innovation Bryan Corder. "Following some simple precautions can make your family vacation a memorable one for all the right reasons."To help you enjoy a safe family vacation, the following are some tips from Allstate Insurance Company: Make sure your home is protected while you're away:
- Stop mail and newspapers, or ask a neighbor to pick them up every day.
- Put several household lights on timers so they turn on and off at appropriate times.
- Arrange to have grass mowed while you're gone.
- Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway overnight - anything that might suggest someone is home.
- Clean out your wallet or purse before you go; take only essential credit cards.
- Carry your purse close to your body, or wallet in an inside front pocket.
- Pack as lightly as possible. Lots of heavy, cumbersome bags will slow you down and make you more vulnerable to getting robbed.
- Keep a separate record of the contents of checked luggage. Keep anything of value such as medicine and jewelry in a carry-on that stays with you.
- Don't display expensive jewelry, cameras, bags, and other items that might draw attention.
- Check maps before you go out so you can tour confidently.
- Stick to well-lit, well-traveled streets at all times.
- Leave an itinerary of your trip with someone at home in case you need to be contacted. Carry an extra passport photo with you just in case you need to replace a stolen passport.
- Don't use your home address on your luggage tags. You don't need to let anyone know where your empty house is located. Consider using your business card instead.