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Travelers from the U.S., often viewed as wealthy and vulnerable, are frequent targets of crime abroad. Keep these tips in mind while traveling in a foreign country:
- Be observant and stay aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid traveling alone.
- Always jog with a partner.
- Be cautious in large crowds where pickpocket teams operate.
- Limit traveling at night.
- Don’t bring valuable or costume jewelry.
- The latest smartphones, tablets, and computers may attract unwanted attention.
- Avoid carrying a purse. Put a rubber band around your wallet to make it more difficult to pickpocket. Consider a waist money belt.
- Use reputable currency exchanges offices. Don’t count your money away from the teller window.
- Do not show large denomination paper money when making purchases.
- Be familiar with currency exchange rates to ensure you are given proper change from taxis, restaurants, and hotels.
- Make copies of your passport, credit card numbers and other important documents. Keep a copy available on your trip and a second copy back at home.
- Use the hotel safe.
- Avoid accommodations on the ground floor.
- Park your car or bicycle in well-lit public places.
- Have your key in hand when approaching your parked vehicle.
- Set your cell phone to speed dial the local ‘911’ phone number.
- Be cautious when accepting invitations from ‘friendly’ locals to parties, social events, or for car rides.