Personal Security Tips for Students on Spring Break

Spring Break will be starting for many high school and college students in March and April.

First of all, if you are traveling by plane, some good airport security tips include: wearing shoes that are easy to take off, not wearing jewelry, don’t bring a water bottle (on the plane), and don’t make smart remarks to your friends, like “that would be a good place to put a bomb”.

students on spring break

Criminals will hang out in the areas where spring breakers are, so here are some personal security tips to stay safe:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Use an ATM inside a hotel, instead of one outside.
  • Don’t flash your cash.
  • Don’t flash your jewelry.
  • Try to keep a low profile.  You may want to impress your friends, but it may be safer to not look like you have a lot of wealth and money.
  • Don’t brag or let people know that you have money on you, or valuables in your hotel room.
  • If you have expensive jewelry, it might be a good idea to only bring the “cheap” jewelry with you on vacation.
  • Stay in groups and don’t wander off by yourself.
  • Keep your cellphone in a pocket where it can’t be grabbed easily.  Don’t leave it laying on a bar or table.
  • Don’t leave you car unlocked, your keys in your car, or your engine running.
  • The hotel or bar staff may not be trustable either – be watchful for employees that might be thieves.
  • If you are going to consume alcohol and are underage, be aware that the penalties for having fake ID’s are very severe – bouncers and law enforcement will be on the lookout – not worth trying.
  • Tell your friends where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  • If you’re traveling by car is always, make sure it’s in good condition – check tires, battery, etc.
  • Check your car before getting in to make sure that no one is hiding inside.
  • Do not leave packages or personal items in open view in the car.  Place them in the trunk.
  • At night, park only in lighted areas.
  • Have your keys ready before going to your car.
  • Avoid secluded places.
  • Consider carrying a security whistle or self-defense spray.

Spring Break Health and Safety Tips

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