AJPD offers summer traveling safety tips from preparing cars to charging phones

The Apache Junction Police Department offers tips for a safe summer vacation and travels. (Photo by Arianna Grainey)

The Apache Junction Police Department offers some simple, basic crime prevention tips for residents, tourists during summer travels.

According to a press release, travelers can take precautionary steps to minimize their chances of becoming a victim while traveling as “you can never be too prepared for safety.”

Summer safety involves the following traveling recommendations:

  • Make sure your vehicle is in good working order by getting an inspection to include basic mechanical and tires checked.
  • Since many people have a global positioning system (GPS) in their cars or on a smart phone, make sure the GPS works; also have a printed version of your route.
  • Consider the best time to leave to avoid heavy traffic periods.
  • If you have roadside service as part of your car insurance, keep that information or another resource handy in case of a breakdown.
  • Check the weather forecast along your route as storms can arise quickly.
  • Keep luggage and valuables secure, out of sight, or remove them when you park your car.
  • Speak to your children about talking to strangers and always accompany them; also have a plan for what to do if separated.
  • Have a cell phone and charger available for emergencies
  • Consider using a smartphone application if an insurance company has one to easily and quickly call for help.
  • Limit how much is shared on social media as this tells people when you are not home; wait until you return from your trip to share experiences.

For questions, contact the AJPD community resource coordinator at 480 474-5442 or cru@ajcity.net.

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