Be Safe When Traveling, Moving This Summer

Posted May 13, 2015

Summer is a busy season for traveling and moving, and the UCF Police Department reminds you of ways to protect yourself and your property during this time.

If you'll be traveling, make your home looked lived in before you leave. Make sure expensive items such as jewelry, laptops and tablets are out of sight and secure. Have a friend or trusted neighbor collect any mail, packages or newspapers, or ask the U.S. Postal Service to hold your mail until you return. Keep your whereabouts off social media.

If you're driving, lock your valuables in your trunk when you leave. Always be sure to wear a seat belt, and never drink and drive or get in a car with a driver who is impaired.

For those moving this summer, be mindful of your surroundings as you move in or out. Never leave your property unattended or your doors unlocked during the move.

When making your choice about where to live, treat safety like an important amenity. Research your options by looking up crime statistics for the areas you're considering.

If you're planning on using the Internet to buy or sell items, do so carefully.

Insist on meeting a buyer or seller in a public location. Never meet in a secluded place or invite people you don't know to your home. Tell a friend or family member when and where you'll be meeting the person, and consider bringing a friend if you are able to.

Never share personal information such as your home address or phone number, personal email address or links to your social media accounts with someone you don't know.

As always, trust your gut. If a situation feels off, it likely is. Safely remove yourself from the situation, or call police.

The UCF Police Department's 24/7 patrol continues during the summer, and UCFPD can be reached at 407-825-5555. Dial 911 for emergencies or crimes in progress.