Many people enjoy traveling to learn about new and different cultures, history and traditions. And, as this type of travel increases, so does the risk of kidnappings, muggings, hotel break-ins and other crimes. Use these tips to protect yourself when you travel abroad.
• Familiarize yourself with local customs and laws, as you are subject to them while traveling
• Avoid using taxis when possible. Instead, have your hotel’s concierge service book a reliable driver or car service for you.
• Bring small door and window locks with you while traveling, and use them in your hotel room.
• Don’t let anyone into your hotel room unless you can see who they are through the door’s peephole.
• Make sure to pack a flashlight in case you go out in a dark area or the power goes out.
• Register your travel plans with the State Department using their Smart Traveler Enrollment program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step/.
• Leave copies of your itinerary and passport with friends and family at home.
Don’t get distracted while you’re site-seeing. Thieves will often work together to distract their targets before stealing from them. At the same time, always keep a hand on your wallet or purse to make sure that it doesn’t get stolen as you take your surroundings in.