October 18, 2013

Travel Safety

At the Airport Terminal

  • Use concealed bag tags.
  • Spend as little time as possible in airports.
  • Pass through security checks quickly.
  • Do not remain in vicinity of checkpoints.
  • Once through these areas, go to a lounge or other open area away from baggage lockers and find a seat with a good view of the area. If possible sit with your back to a wall.
  • Remain alert, be a people watcher.

At Hotels

  • Do not give room numbers to strangers.
  • Choose an inside room, change rooms, change hotels.
  • Sleep away from street side.
  • Leave lights on when room is vacant.
  • Pull curtains, jam doors.
  • Arrange knock signals. No knock, no open.
  • Answer phone “Hello” not with name.
  • Turn lights out before opening door. Look before you exit.
  • Vary use of stairs and elevators. Exit on different floors.
  • If confronted have a plan of action ready.
  • Never use the same route through lobby.
  • Occasionally use rear entrance.
  • Keep room key in your possession at all times.
  • A vast majority of assassinations occur departing hotels, offices, domiciles, and on the way to work. Try to detect surveillance.

By Auto

  • Have clear view of approaches to your car.
  • Alternate parking places, alternate cars.
  • Lock car when unattended.
  • Look for tampering, check undercarriage, be alert when opening door, look under seats.
  • Keep tank at least 1/2 full.
  • Alter routes. Avoid choke points.
  • Plan escape route as you drive. Watch mopeds, motorcycles. Use high speed routes when possible.
  • Know locations of safe havens at home, office, and en route.
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers.
  • Drive with windows up and doors locked.

At All Times

  • Vary eating places.
  • Alternate shopping locations.
  • Do not establish any sort of pattern.
  • Avoid crowded areas (hotel lobby, airports, bars, theaters, restaurants, marketplaces, etc.) Refuse first taxi offered.
  • Be especially alert leaving¬†bars, restaurants, etc.
  • Know how to use local phone system. Carry phone change.
  • Know emergency phone numbers for police, ambulance, and hospital.
  • Know the location of nearest US embassy and other safe locations where you can find refuge/assistance.
  • Always look before you close doors.
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