Police issue spring break safety tips for students

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- With spring break approaching, March 4 to 8, Penn State University Police are issuing the following safety tips for students:

Travel
-- Make sure your friends and relatives know where you will be vacationing, when you will depart, know your specific itinerary and expected return date.
-- Carry only necessary credit cards and money.
-- Avoid carrying or displaying large amounts of cash when you shop.
-- Carry your purse/wallet carefully.
-- Walk in well-lit areas.
-- Carry your cellular phone at all times.
-- Be aware of street peddlers with deals that are “too good to pass up.” If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
-- Don’t drink and drive and always wear seat belts.
-- Don’t consume alcohol in excess; be mindful of your limit.
-- Go out with people you know and trust, and who will make sure everyone is safe. Especially watch out for friends who are intoxicated.

Property Protection
-- Close and lock residence hall doors and windows prior to leaving for break.
-- Close all shades, drapes and blinds.
-- Take portable items -- such as televisions, computers, iPods, etc. -- home with you.
-- Never leave money and/or valuables in your room over spring break.

For more information, contact Penn State University Police at 814-863-1111 or visit www.police.psu.edu.

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Last Updated February 26, 2013