While New England is not a high-crime destination and violent crime tends to be concentrated in a few urban neighborhoods, travelers should use common sense to protect themselves and their belongings.
Time Required: Throughout your trip
- Carry valuables such as money, travelers checks, credit cards, passports, and visas close to you.
- Do not leave valuables in your hotel room while sightseeing. Many hotels provide safes for securing personal items.
- Do not leave purchases, luggage and especially GPS units visible in your car.
- Be sure to lock your doors when you park.
- Be alert to your surroundings, and stay in areas where others tend to congregate.
- Obey safety belt laws. All New England states except New Hampshire require driver and front seat passenger to wear seatbelts.
- When walking or driving, especially at night, stay in busy, well lit areas.
- In most of New England, dial 911 from any telephone to access the emergency response system. If 911 service is not available, dial 0 and an operator can connect you to the appropriate emergency services.
- Be sure to fill your car with gas if you will be exploring remote areas.
- Acquire a good map of the area you will be visiting (compare prices for New England maps). Ask for directions before setting out.
- Be sure not to leave your hotel keys in your hotel room door at night.
- My mother always tells me in the fall to "watch out for wet leaves and deer." Wet leaves can create a driving and walking hazard.