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Make your next family vacation a memorable trip for all the right reasons:


Before you leave


Preventing crime during family travel starts with making sure your home is protected while you're away. The key is to make it look like you’ve never left:



You might also leave a radio on, or put it on a timer. Maybe ask a neighbor to park in your driveway overnight—anything that might suggest someone is home. Double check that you’ve locked all doors and windows before you leave.


Packing your bags


Advance planning can decrease the chances of your family becoming the victim of a crime while traveling. Be smart while packing your bags:


If you are going on an extended vacation, consider shipping large bags to your destination in advance. For the return trip, mail bulky new purchases home, or ask merchants to do it for you.


Out and About With Confidence


While you and your family are traveling, it's important to remember that tourists make tempting targets for thieves. Often lost or distracted, weighed down with bags, and carrying cameras, plane tickets, money, and other valuables, unsuspecting travelers can attract crime like a magnet.