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NCJ Number: 74481 Find in a Library
Title: Prudent Traveler - A Basic Primer
Journal: Assets Protection  Volume:5  Issue:6  Dated:(November/December 1980)  Pages:25-29
Author(s): T K Fitzpatrick
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 5
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article suggests ways in which company officials or celebrities can avoid becoming the targets of terrorist or criminal attacks in foreign countries.
Abstract: Such travelers should first assess themselves as targets. Lacking overt threats, they should consider whether or not acts have been threatened or committed against company staff or installations in the country to be visited and whether the company has received hostile media coverage. A high threat level calls for a low target profile which can be attained by avoiding any trip publicity, by making hotel reservations in two or more hotels under assumed or altered names, and by avoiding excessive exposure in public places. Country briefings can be obtained from State Department personnel prior to departure. Safety during air travel can be enhanced by avoiding airlines that have been targeted by terrorists or hijackers in the past, by purchasing tickets under an assumed name, and by avoiding busines conversations and alcohol while in flight. Once in the country, travelers should determine the modes of travel that are the safest and most practical and that draw the least attention. Those who must walk should not do so late at night or alone, and they should remain on main thoroughfares or in well lighted and well policed areas. Expensive jewelry should not be worn; high currency bills should be kept in a money clip deep in the right hand shirt pocket; and strangers should be avoided. Hotel rooms on the street level should not be accepted. Furthermore, when checking into a room, the traveler should examine possible means of illegal entry, such as windows and doors to adjacent rooms, and test the effectiveness of door and window locks. Finally, sensitive business should not be handled over hotel telephones. For other articles, see NCJ 74479.
Index Term(s): Citizen/business terrorism prevention; Crime prevention measures; International law; Personal Security/Self Protection; Protection of public figures
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