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General Security Tips

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This article is reproduced from the CSA Travel Protection website.

Whether you are traveling domestically or internationally, don’t become a victim.

  • Do not carry large quantities of cash. Traveler’s checks provide personal security and can be replaced.
  • Do not carry jewelry, wallets, or purses—wear a non-visible money belt. Transfer money from your money belt to pockets in your hotel room or in a bathroom.
  • Use your dress and appearance to blend in with the crowd. Take the time to research local dress codes, so as not to stand out.
  • Once you have arrived, keep your airline tickets in a separate, secure location from your passport. Also, remember your credit card number is on your airline ticket!
  • When traveling to a foreign country, always carry the required travel documents such as your passport, visa and tourist cards.
  • Be aware of local scam artists; always assume you are being watched.
  • Always inform others of your plans (family, consulate/embassy).
  • If mugged, cooperate with the assailant and voice your willingness to comply by saying, “You can have anything you want. Do you want me to get it or do you want to get it?” Avoid eye contact. Keep $25-$100 in your pocket as insurance. If hostile, offer additional money or possessions that the robber may have overlooked.
  • Keep your camera hidden until you are ready to use it. Use tote bags instead of camera bags. Do not hang your camera around your neck.
  • Avoid viewing maps in wide-open spaces.
  • Leave copies of all your information (credit cards, passport numbers, travelers checks, air tickets) with family or friends at home.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.
  • Do not take shortcuts. Stay on well-traveled streets.
  • Avoid demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience. Seek immediate shelter in hotels, restaurants, police stations, etc.
  • Withdraw money from ATMs only during daylight hours, preferably in banks or hotels.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view in your car. Lock items in your trunk before reaching your destination.

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