DoDEA OSS: Safety and Security Tips: Everyday Driving and Vehicle Security
- Keep your vehicle well maintained and your tank at least half full.
- Walk to your vehicle with keys in your hand, ready to use.
- Perform a quick check of your vehicle exterior and interior before unlocking. Look for any signs of tampering. If something appears suspicious, notify the police - stay away from the vehicle until it is determined to be safe.
- Once you enter your vehicle, lock your doors immediately and put the key in the ignition. Keep doors locked at all times.
- Keep your windows up until you are moving. It is best to keep your windows up when traveling in town. If you must lower them, do so only slightly.
- Always lock your vehicle when unattended and safeguard keys.
- When having your vehicle serviced, provide only vehicle keys.
- Park in secured lots when possible. If unavailable, park in a well lit area that is not secluded.
- Always be alert and aware of your surroundings while driving. Defensive driving is not only safety smart, but security smart. Always use your seat belt.
- Be aware of vehicles in front, behind, and to the sides. Pay attention to the occupants.
- In high threat areas (currently Bahrain and Turkey for DoDEA assignments), vary your travel routes and times. This makes you unpredictable and hard to target.
- Never pick up hitchhikers.
- Avoid demonstrations or known "trouble" areas.
- Know the location of police and fire stations, military installations, and hospitals (these are known as "safe havens"). Go to one if you think you are being followed - do not go home. Try to record the description of the vehicle, license number, and occupants.
- In an emergency, drive on flat tires until reaching a well-lighted, well-traveled, safe area.
Sources for Additional Information
The U.S. Department of State operates a 24 hour per day information center. Travel advisories for countries and areas can be obtained from the center, and travelers can report emergencies involving U.S. citizens. Information concerning marriages overseas, citizenship questions, and judicial services can also be obtained. The telephone number is (202) 647-5225.
Most U.S. military transportation offices maintain travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State through Department of Defense channels.
Pamphlets and publications can provide valuable information concerning general security issues and crime prevention tips; but they should not be used as a sole source of such information. The most current and specific information can and should be obtained from Law Enforcement Officials, Security Officers, and/or U.S. Embassy Regional Security Officers in the area in which you live or are planning to travel.
Be Smart | Be Alert | Be Aware