Staying safe

Be safe on holiday

Top tips….

  • Don’t leave valuables in your car
  • Keep your mobile phone in a safe place
  • Don’t leave your bags unattended

Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are among the safest places to visit in the country.

To help make your stay as enjoyable as possible, please take a few minutes to read through some practical advice on how to keep you and your property safe while you are on holiday.

Out and about

  • Keep a mobile with you in case of an emergency (and a whistle).
  • Don’t carry large sums of cash if it can be helped.
  • Don’t leave handbags, wallets or other belongings unattended.
  • Remember a map.  You will be safer if you know where you are and how to get home.
  • Stick to well-lit paths and avoid walking alone at night.
  • Carry a torch when you are out in the dark (and a whistle).

On the beach

  • Don’t take valuables to the beach or leave them unattended.
  • Don’t leave car keys under the wheel arches or elsewhere on the car.

Your car and caravan

  • Remove your valuables, if possible.  If not, keep them out of sight.
  • Secure doors, windows, boot and sunroof every time you leave your vehicle.
  • Remove your music and satellite navigation systems.
  • Park in a busy well-lit location that is visible to passers-by.
  • Use an immobiliser, alarm and other security devices if you have them.

Your accommodation

Hotels, bed & breakfasts and self-catering

  • Always lock your room door at night, and when you are out.
  • Shut and lock all the windows when you go out.
  • Leave your key with reception, each time you leave.


  • Lock your tent using a padlock or specialist tent lock.
  • Use a tent liner as it makes it harder for a thief to get in.

Caravan sites

  • Shut and lock caravan doors and windows when you go out, even if it is just for a few minutes.
  • Remember to lock the doors at night when you are asleep.
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Some accommodation providers have safety deposit boxes.  Use one of these to store your valuables where possible.  Otherwise keep your belongings hidden away.

On your travels

Don’t drive tired

  • Ensure you have a good night’s sleep before you attempt to drive long distances and try to drive during normal waking hours.
  • Take regular breaks, stay alert and arrive safe.

Never drink and drive

  • Don’t risk ruining your holiday by drinking and driving.
  • Never drive under the influence of drugs.

Keep to the speed limit

  • Be aware of speed limits and restrictions on roads.
  • If you are towing a caravan the speed limit is 50mph on a single carriageway and 60mph on a dual carriageway or motorway.

Tow your caravan safely

  • The caravan industry recommendation is that the laden weight of the caravan does not exceed 100% of the car’s kerbweight.

Enjoy your holiday.


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Devon & Cornwall Police, Crime Reduction Dept
Police Headquarters
Middlemoor, Exeter

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