Below are stats and tips to help travelers keep safe from theft and loss during Memorial Day trips. As reported in TravelPulse and the Associated Press, 37.2 million Americans will drive at least 50 miles for vacation between May 21 and May 25. The estimated number of Americans hitting the road is the highest since 2005, 4.7 percent higher in 2015 than last year.
1: Be mindful of TSA theft at airports. Below are the top-ten airports where TSA theft has been reported the most (based on # of TSA employees fired for theft):
Los Angeles International
2: Here are common ways people can get scammed out of their money while traveling:
Counterfeit money at restaurants
Train station distractions
Fake police officers
3: Top 5 ways to avoid theft while traveling:
Leave valuables at home, such as high-end jewelry
Avoid using outer pockets, and try to conceal belongings
Lock up your property with TSA locks, and stay alert in crowds
Don’t let your guard down in your hotel room; theft occurs even in 5-star hotels
Be cautious of anyone trying to be overly helpful
4: Be cautious and protect your rental car experience
The average cost of damage to a rental car is $800
Roughly 1 out of every 6 people have experienced damage to a rental car.