March , 2019

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A Note from Anita Alvarez, Cook County State’s Attorney


With winter on the run and summer just around the corner, it is finally the season of spring break.  If you are planning a vacation this spring, here are a few tips for staying safe while enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation:

  • When you arrive at your destination, put the vital information for your lodging into your phone.  Most vacation spots have numerous hotels that look and sound alike; this will help direct whoever is shuttling you around and avoid confusion in case of an emergency.
  • Keep close track of valuables and financial information.  While a hotel safe is a viable option, keep in mind that hotel staff may still have access.  Other alternatives include bringing a combination lock for a suitcase, or asking the concierge to hold belongings while on an excursion.
  • How do you plan on getting around? Research the taxi services, Uber availability, and local public transportation schedule to ensure you always have a way back to your hotel regardless of where you are and what time it is.
  • Have fun, but stay alert.  Resort towns and spring break hot spots can give vacationers a false sense of security.  From property crimes to robberies, vacationers are prime targets for criminals to take advantage of.  Don’t assume everyone is there just to have fun.
  • When enjoying a night out, remember, arrive together, and leave together.  Don’t let someone in your group leave with someone they just met, even for a short period of time.  Have a plan for where to meet if you get separated and check in with each other from time to time.

Spring break should be a time to relax and unwind, follow these safety tips and stay alert to ensure everyone has a safe and healthy vacation this year.

Anita Alvarez

Cook County State’s Attorney

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