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Tunisia Crime & Safety 2015

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Security Presentation that empowers expats & travelers with practical personal security information. Tunisia is going through a lot of security challenges but with the right setup you can safely visit Tunisia.

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Tunisia Crime & Safety 2015

  1. 1. Tunisia Crime & Safety Report 2015 Prepared by @DavidSecurity www.tunisiasecurityupdate.com
  2. 2. Tunisia 2015 Crime & Safety Report
  3. 3. About OSAC Each year the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) produces a report in conjunction with the Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis. www.osac.gov
  4. 4. Tunisia 2015 Crime & Safety Report
  5. 5. Part 1: Overall Crime & Safety Situation
  6. 6. “The U.S. Department of State has designated Tunisia as a Medium threat country for crime...”
  7. 7. www.tunisiasecurityupdate.com
  8. 8. Target selection…
  9. 9. 1. people unfamiliar with their surroundings, 2. draw attention to themselves, 3. not speaking local language….
  10. 10. Most reported criminal incidents against foreigners are crimes of opportunity…
  11. 11. Be aware of young men on motor scooters…snatch-and- run tactics…
  12. 12. Residential Security
  13. 13. “Most home and apartment burglaries often occur during the day, when most people are away and happen in both expatriate and Tunisian neighborhoods…”
  14. 14. Part 2: Transportation- Safety Situation
  15. 15. Road safety poses one of the greatest risks to foreign travelers…
  16. 16. “Become well aware of the neighborhoods, local traffic patterns, and road culture..”
  17. 17. Drives often fail to obey traffic signs/signals…
  18. 18. Do not assume that pedestrians are aware of oncoming traffic…
  19. 19. Uniformed police officers are generally at most major intersections in major cities…
  20. 20. Drivers involved in traffic accidents not involving physical injury to an individual are not required to file a traffic report…
  21. 21. Part 3: Public Transportation Conditions
  22. 22. Taking public buses or minibuses is strongly discouraged…
  23. 23. Americans on official business are authorized to take taxis…
  24. 24. Do not use a taxi that will not use the meter or claims “the meter is not working…”
  25. 25. Part 4: Political, Economic, Religious, and Ethnic Violence
  26. 26. Political Violence Rating for Tunisia: HIGH
  27. 27. “A state of emergency is in currently in place…”
  28. 28. Grants the government additional powers…
  29. 29. “The government is undertaking extensive anti-terrorism operations against Ansar Al- Shari’a in Tunisia…”
  30. 30. “This group was involved in the two political assassinations in Tunis (2013) and the attack on the U.S. Embassy and American School (Sep 2012)…”
  31. 31. Terrorism Rating for Tunisia: HIGH
  32. 32. “Extremist groups with links to AQIM have infiltrated the region and attacked Tunisia’s military along the country’s western border…”
  33. 33. “In 2014 (2015), there were numerous clashes between security forces and terrorist elements including:
  34. 34. “March 18, 2015; an attack by terrorists at the Bardo Museum left 24 people dead (20 foreign tourists) and 47 injured…”
  35. 35. “June 26th, 2015: Gunman opened fire and killed 38 tourists, mainly Britons.”
  36. 36. “There is a general threat of kidnapping not only directed at Westerners…”
  37. 37. Part 5: Police Response
  38. 38. “Tunisian police are reasonably well-trained and professional…”
  39. 39. “Police can and do conduct random traffic stops…”
  40. 40. Drivers must show: ID/ residence card vehicle registration
  41. 41. “Crimes should be reported immediately to the nearest police officer/station…”
  42. 42. “American citizens should also report criminal incidents to the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section”
  43. 43. National Emergency Numbers Police: 197 Fire Department: 198 Ambulance (SAMU): 190 Towing: 71 801 211, 71 840 840
  44. 44. Part 6: Medical Care
  45. 45. “Medical care is adequate with a number of new private ‘polyclinics’ available that function as simple hospitals providing a variety of procedures…”
  46. 46. Private medical clinics Tunis: • La Soukra Clinic 71 758 888 • La Marsa (El Amen) 71 749 000 • Berges du Lac (Hannibal) 71 137 500
  47. 47. Part 7: Tips on How to Avoid Becoming a Victim
  48. 48. “Common sense and good security practices…”
  49. 49. “Remain aware of the surroundings and carefully guard personal belongings…”
  50. 50. Sign up for the Expat Personal Security Workshop
  51. 51. For MORE INFO EMAIL: security@expatous.net
  52. 52. With the right mindset…
  53. 53. You can have a successful stay…

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