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Important Visitor Information and Tips
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Welcome to Greater Miami and the Beaches
As with any major metropolitan area throughout the world, there are standard precautions that can be taken to ensure a pleasant and safe stay. Miami-Dade County laws require: a) your rental car agency to provide you with this Visitor Information Map and Safety Tips unless you decline them in writing; b) your rental car to have no less than one-half tank of gas at the time you rent it; and c) your rental car must be free of stickers, advertisements, or other insignias that identify your vehicle as a rental car.The following safety tips should be carefully observed:
- Do not leave bags, briefcases, purses or luggage unattended.
- Do not ever leave children unattended anywhere.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Carry travelers checks in place of cash.
- Keep hotel and balcony room doors locked.
- All members of your party should carry information with the name, address and telephone number of your hotel.
- Carry purses and waist packs across the front of your body. Be sure they are closed securely.
- For all emergencies dial 911 on the telephone.
- For telephone number information dial 411 on the telephone.
Remember: There is safety in numbers. Whenever possible, have another person accompany you when transacting business on an automated teller machine. Be Ready to Transact Business: Remain Observant While Using the ATM: Leave Quickly:
Safety Precautions for the use of Automated Teller Machines (ATM)
Observe the Surrounding:
Before approaching any automated teller machine ("ATM") be alert for any suspicious persons or circumstances. Should you observe suspicious persons or circumstances or otherwise feel uneasy or uncomfortable with your surroundings, leave the area immediately—do not use the ATM. Come back at a later or more appropriate time or use an ATM at another location. Report any suspicious persons to law enforcement authorities.
Before approaching any ATM machine, have your access card and any other paperwork necessary for your particular transaction ready and in your hand. Having to retrieve these items from a purse or wallet is time consuming and allows a potential thief easier access to your valuables. By being ready to transact business before approaching the ATM, your transaction becomes quicker and safer.
While transacting business at the ATM, continue to observe your surroundings. Be careful not to disclose or otherwise reveal your Personal Identification Number ("PIN") to others while using the ATM. Never begin a transaction when stran gers have a clear view of the ATM keyboard. Use your body to shield the ATM keyboard as your access the machine. This will allow you to access the machine without disclosing or revealing your PIN. You should check your surroundings every few seconds while actually using the ATM. Should you observe any suspicious persons or circumstances, terminate your transaction immediately, leave the area, and contact law enforcement authorities.
Upon completing your transaction, retrieving your card, and receiving your receipt, immediately leave the ATM area. Do not count or otherwise visually expose any money received from the ATM. Continue to observe your surroundings for any suspicious persons or circumstances, such as anyone following or approaching you. Always maintain a safe distance between you and any stranger. If you believe that you are being followed, you should go to the nearest place where there are people and contact law enforcement
Remember: There is safety in numbers. Whenever possible, have another person accompany you when transacting business on an automated teller machine.
Be Ready to Transact Business:
Remain Observant While Using the ATM:
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