Stepped-up policing against thieves preying on tourists in rental cars has helped address what was a serious issue in the mid-1990s. Still, visitors should be wary when driving in unfamiliar neighborhoods and leaving the airport, especially near Miami. Don't leave valuables unattended—and that can include food and drink—while you walk the beach or go for a dip. And never leave handbags, cameras, etc., in your vehicle. Visitors have reported theft of belongings while stopped for meals as they travel to or from the airport. Don’t blatantly stow valuables in your car trunk just before walking away, either, since thieves can be adept at popping lids. And don't assume that valuables are safe in your hotel room; use in-room safes or the hotel's safety-deposit boxes. Try to use ATMs only during the day or in brightly lighted, well-traveled locales.
If you’re visiting Florida during the June through November hurricane season and a hurricane is imminent, be sure to follow safety orders and evacuation instructions from local authorities.