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The Resource Center Identity Theft & Protection | article

Tips for Having a Safe and Identity Theft-Free Road Trip

Thousands of Americans would agree that there is nothing quite like loading up the car and taking it on a cross-country adventure. Every summer, citizens across the nation do just that, packing up their families and their adventure gear to go see all of the beautiful attractions the nation has to offer. Whether you take your family to the shores of the Gulf Coast of adventure out to camp in the Rockies, there is no shortage of sights to see throughout the United States if you go this vacation route with your family this summer.

However you travel – by plane, train or automobile – you have to take extra steps to protect your belongings while en route to your destination. This is especially true when you are on the road, because that out-of-state license plate makes your vehicle a target for identity theft.

It doesn’t matter what you’re driving – you could be a target The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that drivers take extra precaution when they leave their vehicles unattended. Whether you are driving in a coupe, convertible, sedan or RV, thieves will be able to tell if your vehicle doesn’t belong to a local who is familiar with their surroundings. This is especially true in tourists destinations, as thieves target naive travelers who are in the area to spend money.

Don’t get stuck far from home There’s nothing worse than being stranded in a strange locale, so park your car in a way that protects it from being stolen. Do your best to sandwich it between other vehicles so that an especially brazen criminal can’t tow your car on you while you leave it unattended. Always keep your door locked and if you don’t already have an alarm system, make sure to invest in one before you embark on your journey.

Another worthy investment you should make before you leave home is a credit monitoring program. This tool will act as a second set of eyes, keeping tabs on your financial activity throughout your trip, alerting you to certain unauthorized activities that may be the work of an identity thief. This way, if you lose any personal identification information along the way, you’ll have an easier time tracking it down again.