Safety Information

Millions of people travel to our destination each year and their safety has been, and continues to be, the top priority for the Orlando tourism community.

  • For more information, please call 1-800-4ORLANDO. This line will be active during business hours beginning June 20.
  • Alternatively, you can write us at, info@VisitOrlando.com, for those who prefer to write in for information.

A few highlights of on these robust security activities include:

  • Existing Security Infrastructure
    • The safety of our visitors has, and continues to be, the top priority of the Orlando community. Tourism entities and local authorities have always worked closely and have a comprehensive approach to create a safe environment for the millions of visitors that we host each year. These measures continuously evolve, including a greater focus on prevention, technological advances and information sharing capabilities. For example, within the I-Drive tourist corridor there exists a model of collaboration between law enforcement and tourism partners that has been recognized across the country for its effectiveness.
    • While many of the security protocols are visible, others are intentionally discreet. Combined, they provide a safe environment for everyone. For instance, at any given moment there are a number of not only on-duty officers you may visibly see, but also off duty officers who are providing added security at private businesses.
    • Given the recent event, the tourism industry has been working more closely with law enforcement authorities to coordinate efforts, share information and adjust the already strong foundation our tourism corridors have in place."
  • Details on Coordination & Collaboration
    • Shared Intelligence: Daily meetings bring together law enforcement agencies, tourism partners and private business security directors for intelligence briefings and educational sessions on crime trends, regulations and technology. Information from these meetings is then used to inform security protocols as needed.
    • The Tourist-Oriented Policing Sectors (TOPS): One of our most popular tourism corridors - a 78-square-mile (202 square-kilometer) area that encompasses the overall International Drive area and Lake Buena Vista -- is home to a well-established, dedicated law enforcement unit focused specifically on safety. This unit provides a proactive, visible, law enforcement presence through a force of 150 deputies and officers from the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the Orlando Police Department. They provide high visibility to deter crime, conduct routine security checks, patrol the area, and offer friendly assistance to Orlando visitors. This program has been in place for decades and has been replicated in other communities. For more information, please visit here.
  • Crime Alert Technology
    • Using proprietary crime alert technology, tourism businesses receive up-to-date alerts and information on recent crimes, suspect descriptions and security tips.
  • What does this mean for visitors?
    • There is no more important priority to our destination than safety.
    • Orlando remains a safe place for you and your family to visit, relax, have fun and create new memories.
    • Local authorities and the tourism community have a shared approach to security and maintaining a safe environment, based on the expertise of safely hosting millions of visitors a year.
    • For more details from the area's local law enforcement about how they keep the destination safe, please click here.

 

Safety Tips 

It is always good common sense to keep the following safety tips in mind when traveling:

  • Always lock the front and/or patio doors when inside a hotel room and before leaving. Use the safety chain/lock for security.
  • Never open the hotel room door unless you know who is there. If you did not call for the service offered by the person at the door, call hotel security or the front desk to see if they have sent someone to your room.
  • Place valuables in a safety deposit box in your room or at the safe in the hotel office. Do not leave valuables in your car.
  • When checking into a hotel, consult the floor plan map on the back of your room door to familiarize yourself with fire and emergency exits.
  • When driving, keep all car doors locked.
  • Give or pin your cell phone number to children in case you are separated.
  • For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

Florida's Safety Belt Law

  • All front seat occupants must buckle up, even if the vehicle is equipped with an air bag.
  • Passengers under the age of 18 must be belted in either the front or back seat of the vehicle.
  • Passengers 18 years of age or older may be individually fined if they are not buckled up.
  • Children aged 5 and under must be secured in a federally approved child-restraint seat.

Outdoor/Wildlife Safety Considerations

Whether it's beautiful Sandhill Cranes or the elusive Florida Panther, Central Florida's animal population is diverse and plentiful. However, visitors must take safety precautions while in any outdoor setting. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (www.myfwc.com), the following tips should be kept in mind:

  • Feeding, harassing or provoking wildlife of any kind, especially bears and alligators, should be avoided.
  • State law prohibits the killing, possession or harassment of alligators.
  • Alligators are not just found in the wild, but in lakes, rivers and marshes (even in residential neighborhoods and around golf courses). When near any type of fresh or brackish water, be aware of the possibility of alligators as well as snakes.
  • Never leave children or pets unsupervised near water, and do not swim at night or in areas not designated for swimming.