Safe Travel Security
: Risk management and international security are of considerable concern. Hijackers and terrorists are causing travelers to lose sleep post-9/11. The destination to which you are traveling might be unstable. Political unrest, and emotionally charged assaults against business travelers, have corporations, associations, and travel managers on edge. In addition, professional pickpockets, bag-snatchers, airport thieves, hotel predators, and rental-car-scam-artists prey upon the weary traveler.
: Incorporate intelligence, information, pre-planning, prevention and response training into your travel agenda. We provide you with the fundamentals of safety and the strategies for security to help you make smarter time, money and life-saving decisions.
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10 Tips to Safe Travel Security by Robert L Siciliano © 2013
- Access up-to-the-minute travel security resources.
- Plan pro-active safe and secure trips.
- Implement emergency planning strategies.
- Become safe on the streets.
- Defend yourself in an attack.
- Identify scams, cons and distraction thieves.
- Make yourself safer in airports, hotels, and rental cars.
- Relax and enjoy your travel experience.
The corporate business traveler often finds himself or herself in domestic or international places, without a clue as to what the new surroundings have in store. Different cultures can bring on a whole new set of rules. Security pre-planning is the key to ensuring success.
- Understand the Fundamentals: body language, awareness, and intuition. Pay attention to the way you walk, your posture, facial expressions and eye contact. Know what is going on 50-100 feet around the perimeter of your body at all times. Pay attention to the feelings in side and around you, when the hair on the back of your neck stands up, watch out.
- Safety on the Streets: as the saying goes, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" Dress appropriate to the culture. Flashy Americans walk around with a bull’s-eye stamped on their head. Adapt to the culture of style and dress. Do everything possible to blend in.
- Pickpockets and Thieves: cash, credit cards, jewelry, passports and laptops are all target items of the thief. Distraction thieves will draw your attention in one direction, as their accomplice will steal your belongings. Use hide-away belts and travelers checks.
- Health Safety: Beware of sunstroke. Get your shots, including Hepatitis A and B and Tetanus/diphtheria vaccinations. Malaria and other intestinal virus can ruin a trip or even kill you. Cover your drink; sedatives slipped into it will surely end your trip in someone's trunk (after all, roofies don’t just exist in frat parties).
- Emergency Planning: register with the US Embassy or Consulate and inform them and relatives of your exact travel plans. If your destination becomes unstable, the embassy will make you aware of the current climate. Know your options for medical care.
- Airport Security: a haven for criminals, keep full attention on your belongings while being screened. Fully cooperate with security personnel and be patient. Be fully aware of anyone distracting you or paying unwanted attention to you.
- Hotel Security: Never open the door to anyone. Criminals pose as hotel staff all the time. Use other locks in addition to hotel locks. Staff has tools to bypass existing hotel locks. Plan a fire escape route; book no higher than the third floor, as fire apparatus’ are limited.
- Rental Cars: hide rental agreements; they are dead giveaways that you are a 'traveler' so keep them off the dash. Don't store valuables in the trunk; many rental cars use the same keys. Don't pull over for anyone for any reason. Bumps and distress signals are a common ruse. Taxicabs are not always what they seem to be, exercise caution.
- Seedier Sections: almost every destination has a 'red light' district. Pornography, gambling, bars and prostitution welcome the naïve traveler. If you are an adventurist and thrive on chaos, keep your wits about you.
- Risk Management: terrorists activities are a problem, but should not restrict travel. Knowing your options and planning safe and smart routes can ensure safety. Research, make wise decisions, and know the situation of your destination.
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