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Crime Prevention

Tourist Safety

  • Know what is normal and not normal.
  • Don’t be too American.
  • Ask for directions at your hotel.
  • Ask if there are any areas in town you should avoid.
  • Stick to well-lighted main streets and public areas.
  • Only carry with you the cash you will need.
  • If you get lost, find an open business and ask for directions.
  • Stopping and looking at addresses or staring at street signs may make you look like an easy target for crime.
  • Keep money under your clothing to prevent pickpockets.
  • No expensive jewelry: If you don't want to lose it, don't take it.
  • Make sure your prescription medication is in its original bottle.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary with family/friends.
  • Get a telephone card.
  • Check in with the local U.S. Consulate immediately.

Be safe

  • Know important local phrases: Where is the police station?
  • Don't go out after midnight or after local curfew.
  • Don't go out alone at night.
  • Don't go into high-crime areas.
  • Avoid public demonstrations.
  • Be cautious when handling money.
  • If you are female: Follow local customs of dress and behavior.

If you are a victim

  • Remain calm.
  • Give up property (give up the money).
  • Report the crime to local police and your trip sponsor.
  • Seek support.