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Traveling within the U.S.

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As you've already seen, Rochester is conveniently located within easy traveling distance to many major U.S. cities and North American destinations. Whether you are planning a day trip or a weekend away, it is important to keep personal safety in mind.

Here are some tips for traveling within the United States. The Office for International Student Services can provide you with additional information as well as information about safety resources at The College of Brockport. Femember, if you have any problems while traveling in the U.S., ask people of authority for advice. In the airports and bus stations of large cities, the Travelers Aid Society can provide some assistance.

Personal Safety While Traveling

Most people in the United States are good, harmless people. However, when you arrive in any U.S. city, you must take precautions so as to not become the victim of crime. Common crimes, such as robbery or assault, are unfortunate aspects of today's society. While certain situations cannot be prevented, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your belongings:

  • Do not carry or display large amounts of money or jewelry. Always carry traveler's checks, redeemable for cash at most banks and stores, or use major credit cards, such as VISA, MasterCard, and American Express.
  • Be careful with your personal belongings. Always keep money, jewelry, and valuable documents safely secured. Do not leave them in your luggage, "storage locker," or a locked car, as their safety cannot be guaranteed.
  • Do not go out alone at night. Try to always travel with a friend if possible. If you must go out alone at night, take a taxi to and from your destination.
  • If approached by someone demanding to take your money, do not resist. Give them your money, then notify the police as soon as possible by dialing 9-1-1 on any telephone.
  • Be careful when accepting help from strangers; they may not be trustworthy. Ask a police officer or other person as soon as possible.
  • Beware of "con artists." These individuals often offer you money or the opportunity to make money in exchange for some small service or assistance from you. Never , under any circumstance, give money to such a person. You will end up losing that money. If you have trouble or suspect someone may be a con artist, notify the police immediately.

Last Updated 6/7/11