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HRN TRAVEL ADVISORY: TAKE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID BECOMING A CRIME STATISTIC

 DALLAS, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Hotel Reservations Network (HRN), a free discount hotel booking service, has released today a travel advisory informing travelers of precautions they should take to avoid becoming a crime victim while traveling. The advisory comes on the heels of the death of the ninth tourist visiting Florida in the last year.
 "The Florida tourist killings are a tragedy," says David Litman, chief executive officer of HRN. "Travelers need to take safety precautions to protect themselves against crime. There is a risk when traveling in any major city whether in the United States or abroad but by taking a few simple steps travelers can avoid becoming victims.
 "Most criminals take advantage of an opportunity such as an open purse," warns Litman, "They don't plan their crimes well in advance, so don't give them the opportunity." Among the tips HRN suggests is for travelers to be alert. According to Litman, this is one of the "most basic and easiest" precautions travelers can take. Travelers should be aware of their surroundings and they should keep an eye on their personal belongings such as luggage and pocketbooks at all times.
 HRN recommends travelers should keep valuables on their person, not in purses or briefcases which can be stolen. Valuables, such as money and passports should be kept in a front pants or jacket pocket or in a money belt which is worn around the waist. HRN also suggests travelers should use travelers checks and credit cards instead of cash so they are protected in case of theft.
 Jewelry should be kept to a minimum. "Wearing flashy jewelry attracts attention and could increase a person's chance of becoming a robbery victim," explains Litman. Litman also adds that all valuables should be kept in a hotel safety security box or safe, not in a drawer or in your luggage in the hotel room.
 Another safety issue HRN addresses is women traveling alone. When making hotel reservations, HRN advises women to request a room in well lit corridor near the elevator. When inside the room women should keep the door locked and use the safety chain as an extra precaution. Also, let someone at home know your itinerary and call home at pre-arranged times.
 HRN provides discount hotel rates, for savings as much as 65 percent off the regular rate, in the most popular business and leisure destinations including New York; Washington, DC; Boston; Miami Beach, Fla.; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Anaheim, Fla.; Chicago; New Orleans; Oahu and Maui, Hawaii; London and Paris.
 HRN SAFETY ADVISORY:
 1. Be alert
 2. Avoid using a purse, keep money and other valuables on your
 person
 3. Use hotel safe for storing money and jewelry
 4. Bring as few valuables as you need
 5. Keep hotel rooms locked and bolted
 6. Use travelers checks and credit cards not cash
 7. Request hotel rooms in well lit corridors
 8. Do not use rental cars with rental car identification
 9. Don't take short-cuts -- stay on well lit and populated streets
 10. Stay in a safe area
 HRN is a free service and does not charge membership fees. For reservations call Hotel Reservations Network at 800-96-HOTEL.
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 /CONTACT: Lois Fuhr of Fuhr & Associates, 206-338-4880/


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