TEANECK, N.J., PRNewswire-iReach/ -- GettingSafer is a leading provider of life protection and safety services. With a comprehensive identity theft program, GettingSafer protects clients and their families from identity theft and related crimes. The company also offers document security and other services for individuals and businesses.

With recent statistics indicating a rise in identity theft and property crimes, GettingSafer offers advice to travelers about how to keep their homes and sensitive information safe. Here are three safety tips to know before you head off on your travels:

1. Home Safety

Criminals target homes when people are away because they offer a potential hoard of lucrative opportunities. Laptops, desktops and other storage devices typically contain sensitive financial, business and identity information. Before you leave, encrypt all devices with strong passwords, and do not store the password anywhere in the house. Additionally, back up of all your information in case of burglary.

Protect your home from catastrophic safety hazards. Unplug all electrical appliances to prevent fires, and lock and cover all windows to stop criminals from eyeing your possessions or climbing through open windows and doors. Ask a friend or neighbor to watch your home while you are away, and if possible, install an alarm system that alerts a security company of unauthorized entry on your property.

2. Financial Security

It is pivotal that you protect your finances while traveling. A recent survey on identity theft revealed that 18 percent of travelers become victims of this crime through carelessness or theft. Additionally, the survey uncovered that 27 percent of people take their Social Security cards on their travels.

The most important rule for traveling safely is to lock all valuables and sensitive data in a secure place, and only carry the basics that you need. If you need to access public computers during your travels, do not enter in any personal information. Many public computers record key strokes and, therefore, your social media, business and financial usernames and passwords.

3. Advanced Foresight

Think of any circumstance that may arise on your travels and plan for it. Make copies of all your travel documents, and purchase travel insurance in the event of loss, theft or other catastrophe. Additionally, make sure that you can access a telephone, in case disaster strikes. Keep your close friends and relatives informed of your travel plans and final arrangements, and give the most responsible person the job of handling potential emergencies.


GettingSafer is a leading company in safety and life protection founded by Lifeline author, Richard Watson. From Identity Theft Protection to Home Security, GettingSafer.com provides the service of safeguarding your personal information and everything that's important to you, resulting in a greater peace of mind. The firm offers a free comprehensive membership program that delivers up-to-date information and advice from experts, allowing members to obtain the necessary knowledge to improve their security. Safety topics available to members include: Financial Matters, Home Safety, ID Theft Protection, Legal Information, Personal Data and more. GettingSafer is about helping you and your family stay safer.

Media Contact: Richard Watson, GettingSafer, 800.715.2250, rwatson@lifetimeguides.com

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