These suggestions and tips should help ensure that your visit to our host city is a safe one.
On the Road
- 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 (or have access to one on your smartphone)—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.
- Pickpockets 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.
- 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 unless they are locked in the room's safe. You may also store valuables in the hotel safety deposit box.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.