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Visitor Safety Tips

Welcome to San Diego, one of America's most diverse and hospitable visitor destinations. It is our hope that during your stay you experience all of the sights and attractions our beautiful region has to offer. These suggestions and hints should help ensure that your visit to San Diego is a safe one.


  • Due to the San Diego Quiet Zone Project, train engineers are no longer required to sound their horns when approaching stops. Look both ways at rail tracks and follow posted directions.
  • Remember to remove badges when leaving the convention area.
  • Walk "smart" by researching the best way to get to your desired destination.
  • When traveling at night, choose sidewalks in lighted areas and avoid walking alone.
  • Establish a "buddy" system with another delegate to the convention, share schedules and check up on each other periodically.
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Hotel Security

  • Determine the quickest route to and from your room to the fire escapes, elevators and emergency exits.
  • Be sure to lock windows and doors when leaving your hotel room.
  • Always use the door viewer to identify anyone requesting entry.
  • Report any lost or stolen items to hotel management and to the police.
  • Never leave money, checks, credit cards, jewelry or other valuables, extra room in your room. Take valuables with you or store them in the hotel safety deposit box.
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Kids Safety

  • When visiting local attractions, dress kids in bright clothing and designate a meeting site for lost family members. For small children, write down their names and where they're staying and put it in their pockets.
  • Instruct kids not to open hotel room doors to people they don't know.
  • Make sure kids are familiar with hotel emergency escape routes. Create an emergency plan and meeting site.
  • In California, when in a car, children under the age of 6 and weighing less than 60 pounds MUST use a child safety seat, a booster seat or other safety restraint system. (Booster seats are special seats designed to make adult seat belts properly fit older children. Correct use of a booster seat will fulfill the new law requirement.)
  • Curfew in San Diego is 10:00 p.m - it is strictly enforced for unaccompanied minors under 18 years of age.
  • Children should not be left alone at anytime.
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  • Ask front desk staff at your hotel for directions to those attractions you want to visit.
  • Be wary of strangers who seem overly anxious to help you.
  • Visitors are major targets for pickpockets in many cities throughout the world. Stay alert to what's going on around you.
  • Use protective gear when biking, skating, riding and exploring San Diego.
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Beach Safety

  • Check with the lifeguards about safety conditions.
  • If your children become separated from you, have them contact a life guard or police officer for help.
  • Pay attention to posted signs around the beach area.
  • Do not touch wildlife on the beach or in the tide pools.
  • Do not carry glass containers to the beach.
  • When leaving valuables in your car, be sure to place them in the trunk.
  • Alcohol is illegal at many of our beaches, boardwalks and parks. Check signs and/or ask lifeguards or police.
  • Fire rings could contain hot coals or sharp objects. Please don't let kids play in fire rings.
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Public Transit

  • Have a current bus or trolley schedule. This info can usually be obtained from the hotel concierge or front desk.
  • Know when the last scheduled pick-up at major attractions will occur.
  • Always make sure the taxi driver starts the meter; never pay more than the meter amount. Gratuities are acceptable.
  • Have exact fare for public transportation.
  • Report bus, trolley and taxi concerns or compliments to MTS, (619) 231-1466. Please note the vehicle number.
  • When at a terminal for public transportation, never leave your luggage unattended.
  • Accept no items from persons unknown to you to be carried on board an aircraft.
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On the Road

  • Obey traffic signs while driving.
  • Don't drink and drive, and always use your seat belt.
  • Be sure to bring important documents, including driver's license, passports, credit cards, plane/bus tickets and hotel confirmation before leaving home.
  • Leave all non-travel related items such as local credit cards and irreplaceable photos at home.
  • Carry small amounts of cash.
  • Use traveler's checks and credit cards. Keep records of their serial numbers in a separate and safe place in case they are lost or stolen.
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Vehicle Security

  • Do not advertise you are a visitor. Place maps, travel brochures and valuables in the glove compartment or trunk before you get to your destination. Carry wallets, checkbooks and purses with you.
  • Check the back seat before getting into your car.
  • Always lock your car. Don't hide spare keys on or around your vehicle.
  • Never leave your vehicle with the engine running.
  • Park busy areas with plenty of lighting.
  • Remove all personal items when parking your vehicle overnight.
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Parking & Curbside Regulations

  • When parking your car at visitor attractions or around the city, note curbside regulations and park within marked stalls. If your car is missing from where you parked it, call 619-531-2000 to see if it has been towed.
  • Note the following curb markings which are strictly enforced:
  • White: Three-minute maximum, (10 minutes at hotels) for active loading only, 24 hours a day, unless otherwise noted.
  • Exception: Airport/Hospital - the driver must stay with the car.
  • Green: Short-term parking for the posted duration or unlimited time with a visible disabled placard.
  • Yellow: Twenty-minute loading zone for vehicles with commercial plates only, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Sundays and certain holidays, unless otherwise posted.
  • Red: No stopping, standing or parking. Be especially observant of the marked fire lanes.
  • Blue: Reserved for physically disabled persons only with vehicles marked by a California or out-of-state officially issued placard or plate. These violations are vigorously enforced and costly. For information call 858-495-4747.
  • Parking Meters: Some meters only accept quarters and are enforced Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Meters with yellow poles are also enforced on Sundays.
  • Tow Away Zone: Any location is potentially a tow away zone if you park illegally. Tow away zones are clearly marked and the regulations are strictly enforced.

Contesting a citation: If you do get a ticket, and you feel it is a mistake, you may contest it in person, by telephone or by mail within 30 days of issuance. For more information, please contact the City of San Diego at 866-470-1308 or

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Homeless Citizens

  • Every major city in the world has a homeless population. This social problem is common to urban areas. Their presence need not prevent people from enjoying San Diego and its amenities.
  • Most homeless people are harmless; however, some transients are chronic law violators who often infringe upon the rights of others. We suggest using a combination of caution and respect around panhandlers and other strangers.
  • Contributing to panhandlers will not help the problem. If you wish to help, contribute to a charity, mission, food bank or social service agency that assists the needy.
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