Take precautions to keep your possessions safe while at festival
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.