Moving AboutTip 121 Be careful about lending aid “Accidents” are unexpected events. They are often staged to distract or draw in potential victims. If you should be near an accident, be alert that it may be a set- up. Even if the accident is not staged, it may attract criminals who see it as an opportunity. If you do decide to lend aid, be especially cautious if a request for help involves more then calling for assistance.
Moving About Tip 122 Don’t give money to panhandlers When you give money to a panhandler it shows not only that you have money but also makes it apparent where you keep it.
Moving AboutTip 123 Stay away from strangers in vehicles Don’t approach a vehicle to offer directions, and never lean into a vehicle occupied by unfamiliar people.
Moving AboutTip 124 Don’t conduct business on the street Don’t conduct any kind of business on the street. This giving directions, making change, or signing petitions. You are doing business on the street, you are stationary preoccupied. You are vulnerable.
Moving About Tip 125 Say “No” The only word to use when confronting strangers in public, if you choose to respond, is “No.” If someone asks for, say, “No.” If someone asks for directions, say, “No.” “No” may seem an inappropriate response to a question as, “Where is the bank?” but it is the right response in a question as, “Where is the bank?” but it is the right response in an questions from strangers on the street. If it makes you seem uncooperative, well, that’s the idea.
Moving AboutTip 126 or better yet, say nothing An even better approach to responding to strangers in public places is to not answer at all. This is especially true when traveling in a country were the language is not your native tongue. If you respond, you may not only have marked yourself as a cooperative victim, but as a foreigner as well.
Moving AboutTip 127 Carry a deterrentCarry a deterrent and have it readily available to use.
Moving AboutTip 128 Don’t patronize (support, use) prostitutes A frequently unreported and often unacknowledged hazard of business travel is the hiring of others for sex. This practice is extremely dangerous. Almost everything about it puts travelers risk-closeness to strangers, isolation, darkness, the exchange of body fluids, the use of alcohol or other drugs, and cash transactions. (Woman travelers are probably at even greater risk because it is generally the case that their partners are physically strong.)
Carrying ValuablesTip 129 Carry vital(important) documents next to your skin Important, difficult-to-replace documents such as passport, airline ticket, and the like belong under your clothes, next to your skin, in the front.
Carrying ValuablesTip 130 Stay “in touch” with your property Stay in physical contact with your luggage, briefcase, purse, and other paraphernalia (your belongings). When you put them down, set them in front of you and rest and arm or leg against them so that if they move, you’ll know it.
Carrying ValuablesTip 131 If you can’t touch it, watch it When you must become separated from your possession as for instance, you pass through a security check point at a transportation terminal, keep your eyes on your belongings and retrieve them as soon as possible. Don’t relinquish your belongings unless and until you have an unobstructed path to where they can be reclaimed.
Carrying ValuablesTip 132 Mark less valuable, but important luggage Mark your luggage in some bold way so that from a distance, you can easily distinguish if from other people’s luggage as it gets loaded/unloaded from taxi, buses, or limousines even at night.
Carrying ValuablesTip 133 Monitor movement of your luggage If you must place your belongings in separate luggage impartments during transit, make sure you monitor their movements so that they move as you do-in and out of vehicles, in and out of hotel lobbies, in and out of secured storage.
Carrying ValuablesTip 134 Get claim checks If you travel in a separate vehicle than your luggage, or if you must have it removed from your sight, get a claim check it. Write the time of day and name of the attendant on the claim check.
Carrying ValuablesTip 135 Carry your purse closed If a purse is easy for you to open, it is easy for others to been as well. A securable purse has a zipper closure and a flap that folds over the zippered opening, fastening at the bottom.
Carrying ValuablesTip 136 Secure your purse with a strap If you carry a purse, make it a shoulder bag with a hefty strap. Put the strap over your shoulder on the same side as your purse is carried. You could put the strap across to the opposite shoulder to be more secure. However, in the across-the-body that technique, your purse may be so well secured to your body that if someone were grab it and run, you could be seriously injured.
Carrying Valuables Tip 137 Keep your purse close Carry your purse securely between your arm and your body with the flab folded over to the inside. If you wear a coat, put the strap of your purse over your shoulder before putting on your coat.
Carrying ValuablesTip 138 Carry a small purse A large purse is a better target for a criminal than is a small one. If you need to carry a purse, consider substituting a waist pack with the pouch worn in front. It is a more difficult target for a thief and allows you to keep your hands free.
Carrying Valuables Tip 139 If he grabs your purse, let it go The reason for securing your purse is to discourage criminals from assaulting you to get access to it. If your purse appears to be securely held and difficult to access, a criminal will look elsewhere. You will also discourage criminals who use razors to cut through purses to remove their contents. Nevertheless, if an assailant does grab your purse, let him have it. If you are carrying only that which you need for your trip, your purse and its contents are trivial compared to your personal safety.
Carrying ValuablesTip 140 Carry your wallet in a front pocket Most men carry their wallets in a rear pocket of their trousers or in the inside (usually left side) pocket of a suit or sport coat. If crowed conditions – elevators, public transportation, lines at airports and trains stations – rear trouser and inside coat pockets are easily accessible to practiced criminals. Keep your wallet in a pocket in the front of your pants or in a pouch concealed under your clothing.