Winter travel safety tips from MUPD

University of Missouri crime prevention officers give tips for keeping yourself and your belongings safe during holiday travel.

November 20, 2020


Brian Consiglio: With the holidays around the corner, many students are heading home for the break, and others might be thinking about traveling as well. This likely means that people are leaving behind valuable items for long periods of time. MUPD officer James Young has some safety tips for college students going home or others traveling for the holidays.

Young: “One’s going to be as we’re packing up our vehicles, try to keep valuables out of sight. Keep laptops, cell phones, charging cables, that type of stuff, locked in a trunk or other secure area so your vehicle is less likely to get broken into. The other thing is don’t forget to lock your windows and doors as you’re leaving. That’s going to help make sure as you’re gone for break, your stuff remains secure and you don’t come back to any unpleasant surprises at the end of the holidays.”

Consiglio: While it’s important to keep your things safe, it’s even more important to keep yourself safe as well. Once on the road, with long car rides ahead of them, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Crime prevention officer Joan Haaf says there are several steps you can take to make your trip as safe as possible.

Haaf: "Before you get ready to leave for your trip, check the weather conditions, check your MoDOT map and make sure your route is clear. And give yourself a break as you’re driving; don’t hesitate to slow down if the weather and driving conditions are poor. Keep plenty of distance between yourself and the person in front of you. Have a safe trip.”

Consiglio: I’m Brian Consiglio, with a Spotlight on Mizzou.

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