Become familiar with your route of travel and make others aware of the route and your estimated time of arrival.
Make sure your car, personal or rental, is in good repair and ready for the trip.
Don't advertise you are a traveler; remove rental stickers from the bumpers of the car you are driving and avoid leaving maps and guidebooks in plain view.
Stop only in well-lit, populated places while traveling.
Never pull over unless you are certain the vehicle stopping you is a police officer. If unsure, call 9-1-1 immediately and keep driving to a well-lit area.
Women traveling alone should consider registering in a gender-neutral manner (J. T. Jones) and requesting a room near the front office.
Use your business address instead of your home address when registering.
Ask about hotel security and how to reach them.
Once in your room, make sure the locks work well and are securely fastened. Also inspect the peephole to ensure anyone coming to the door would be clearly visible.
Do not leave anything in the room that contains your personal information.
Leave the do not disturb sign on the door when you are not in the room.
Never open the door for anyone you are not expecting. Verify all hotel employees with the front desk before opening the door to your room.
Every time you reenter your room, make sure the door to the adjoining room is locked.
This information is provided by the Virginia State Police, from the We're Here to Get You There Safely handbook. For more information, contact the Danville Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 434-797-8898.