Safety Tips

These suggestions and tips should help ensure that your visit to our host city is a safe one. 

Hotel Security
Kids' Safety
On the Road
Vehicle Security
Homeless Citizens 


  • Remember to remove badges when leaving the convention area. 
  • Walk "smart" by researching the best way to get to your desired destination. 
  • When traveling at night, choose sidewalks in lighted areas and avoid walking alone. 
  • Establish a "buddy" system with another delegate to the convention, share schedules and check up on each other periodically. 
  • Carry a map - if you're lost or have wandered into an unfamiliar area, this will be a valuable tool. 
  • Ask hospitality personnel to call you a cab. In the car, take notice of the company and driver names in case you leave something behind. 
  • Keep a charged cell phone with you at all times. When using a phone, stay focused on your surroundings. 
  • Pick pockets usually work in groups. Keep your handbag secure at all times and avoid placing it on the ground. Put a rubber band around your wallet and keep it in your front pants pocket.

    Hotel Security 

  • Determine the quickest route to and from your room to the fire escapes, elevators, and emergency exits. 
  • Be sure to lock windows and doors when leaving your hotel room. 
  • Always use the door viewer to identify anyone requesting entry. 
  • Report any lost or stolen items to hotel management and to the police. 
  • Never leave money, checks, credit cards, jewelry or other valuables, or extra keys in your room. Take valuables with you or store them in the hotel safety deposit box. 
  • Don't keep all your valuables in one place; keep some money and IDs locked in a safe at your hotel.
  • Have the desk clerk write down your room number instead of saying it aloud. Be careful not to repeat your number when talking to others.
  • Look in the elevator carefully before you enter. If you are uncertain of any occupant, wait for the next one. Stand away from the door when waiting alone. 
  • Exit before the elevator door closes if a suspicious person joins you.  If accosted push all the floor buttons. 

    Kids' Safety
  • When visiting local attractions, dress kids in bright clothing and designate a meeting site for lost family members. For small children, write down their names and where they're staying and put it in their pockets. 
  • Instruct kids not to open hotel room doors to people they don't know. 
  • Make sure kids are familiar with hotel emergency escape routes. Create an emergency plan and meeting site. 
  • Children should not be left alone at any time.


  • Ask front desk staff at your hotel for directions to those attractions you want to visit. 
  • Be wary of strangers who seem overly anxious to help you. 
  • Visitors are major targets for pickpockets in many cities throughout the world. Stay alert to what's going on around you. 
  • Use protective gear when biking, skating, riding and exploring the city.

    On the Road 

  • Obey traffic signs while driving. 
  • Don't drink and drive, and always use your seat belt. 
  • Be sure to bring important documents, including driver's license, passports, credit cards, plane/bus tickets, and hotel confirmation before leaving home. 
  • Leave all non-travel related items such as local credit cards and irreplaceable photos at home. 
  • Carry small amounts of cash. 
  • Use traveler's checks and credit cards. Keep records of their serial numbers in a separate and safe place in case they are lost or stolen.

    Vehicle Security 

  • Do not advertise that you are a visitor. Place maps, travel brochures, and valuables in the glove compartment or trunk before you get to your destination. Carry wallets, checkbooks, and purses with you. 
  • Check the back seat before getting into your car. 
  • Always lock your car. Don't hide spare keys on or around your vehicle. 
  • Never leave your vehicle with the engine running. 
  • Park in busy areas with plenty of lighting. 
  • Remove all personal items when parking your vehicle overnight.

    Homeless Citizens 

  • Every major city in the world has a homeless population. This social problem is common to urban areas. Their presence need not prevent people from enjoying our host city and its amenities. Most homeless people are harmless; however, some transients are chronic law violators who often infringe upon the rights of others. We suggest using a combination of caution and respect around panhandlers and other strangers. 
  • Beware of people who approach asking directions or panhandling; keep a polite but safe distance and keep moving. If you feel you're being followed, duck into a store. 
  • Contributing to panhandlers will not help the problem. If you wish to help, contribute to a charity, mission, food bank, or social service agency that assists the needy.