Keep safe wherever you go!

Travel safety

Suggestions include:

  • Keep your travel plans, including accommodation details, to yourself.
  • Don't hitch hike.
  • Try not to travel at night.
  • Keep a photocopy of your passport and all other important documents in a safe place.
  • Use ATMs during the day, when there are people around.
  • Try to rely more on credit cards and travellers cheques than cash.
  • If you are mugged, don't fight back. It is better to lose a few dollars and a wristwatch than get injured.

Even if you're not sure where you're going, walk like you've got a purpose.

Match your dress style to that of the locals. Don't wear an obvious 'tourist' outfit like a loud shirt with a camera slung around your neck.

Be discreet when map reading.

Notice the people around you. Be wary if someone seems to be taking more than a passing interest.

Don't make yourself an attractive target when travelling

Suggestions include:

  • Don't wear expensive jewellery on obvious display.
  • Wear valuables (such as traveller's cheques and credit cards) on a belt worn under the clothes and next to the skin.
  • If feeling particularly vulnerable, wear your money belt somewhere other than around your waist. Thieves know all about money belts too.
  • Consider carrying a 'dummy' wallet holding a small amount of cash. If you are directly confronted by a mugger, you can hand over the dummy wallet and avoid further distress.
  • Beware of scams when travelling

Thieves devise inventive ways to rob you. Some of these may include:

Posing as a police officer and asking to check your money for counterfeit bills.

Posing as a tour guide and offering to show you the sights of the city.

Where to get help

Local police - 10111

Local security company - SECMA - 0860 111 911