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Tourist Self-Awareness Tips

Travel Safety

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • If being followed, drive to hospital, fire-hall, 24-hr. market, police station
  • Travel in well lit areas
  • Travel with someone
  • Always lock doors immediately when entering vehicle
  • Be familiar with changing a flat tire...at a minimum have all the tools you'll need
  • If possible, let someone know your route and ETA's
  • If possible, don't carry valuables or large amounts of cash...Credit Cards are best

Parking Lot Safety

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • PARKSMART: remove money and valuables, and lock doors
  • Do not leave passports in rental cars
  • Carry a cell phone
  • Ask for an escort to your auto
  • Have your keys ready in hand when returning to your vehicle
  • Mace is legal to carry in Tennessee, except for on air craft
  • If you notice something suspicious, avoid the situation

Hotel/Motel Safety

  • Never open the door to a stranger... always verify
  • Always keep your door locked
  • Be careful not to let your room number on the key be easily seen
  • Consider displaying your "do not disturb" sign on the door
  • Always be sure that the adjoining door is locked on your side
  • Never leave valuables inside your auto
  • If you have valuables, never leave them in the room, a hotel safe is a possibility