Take pre­cau­tions to keep your pos­ses­sions safe while at fes­ti­val

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE -

If you’re vis­it­ing the Texas cap­i­tal for the South by South­west fes­ti­val se­ries, here are five things you should know to keep your es­sen­tial pos­ses­sions safe from thieves, ac­cord­ing to Austin police:

1 STOW IT, DON’T SHOW IT

Keep items in the safe pro­vided in your ho­tel room or ask to use the ho­tel’s vault. Avoid dis­play­ing large amounts of cash, jew­elry or other valu­ables at the reg­is­tra­tion desk, restaurant or lobby — and don’t share your room num­ber with strangers.

2 BE SMART ABOUT SIGNS

Don’t let bur­glars know you’re gone by hang­ing the “Make Up This Room” card on your door when you go out. A bet­ter de­ter­rent against bur­glars is leav­ing the “Do Not Dis­turb” sign up and the TV on.

3 CHECK THE DOOR

When you leave the room, take an ex­tra mo­ment to make sure the door has closed and its lock has en­gaged.

4 LOCK YOUR CAR, TAKE YOUR KEYS

Police said half of all ve­hi­cles stolen in Texas are the re­sult of driv­ers leav­ing their keys be­hind in what they be­lieve are hid­den lo­ca­tions.

5 STAY IN WELL-LIGHTED AR­EAS

With more than half of all ve­hi­cle thefts oc­cur­ring at night, police said, it’s best to avoid auto thefts by us­ing at­tended park­ing lots. If you be­come a bur­glary vic­tim, re­port it im­me­di­ately by call­ing 911.

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