Tips on How to Avoid Becoming a Victim in Kuwait

July 30, 20151 Comment

The best practice to avoid being a victim is to maintain vigilance, remain alert, and be aware of your surroundings at all times. U.S. citizens must practice personal security, maintain a low profile, and vary routes/times for travel, thus avoiding predictable schedules. Criminals typically target distracted individuals because the element of surprise works in their favor. Pay attention and if something does not seem right about a situation, leave the area. Because newcomers are more susceptible to criminal activity when they are still becoming familiar with a foreign environment, visitors should maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times. Maximum awareness is recommended in shopping areas and other high-traffic locations where foreign visitors congregate.

When traveling during hours of darkness, ensure someone knows your itinerary and preferably travel with a buddy or group at night. Always carry a charged mobile phone and government-issued photo identification with you.

Particularly for women, modest dress, not engaging in “small talk,” not making constant eye contact, and maintaining a low profile may deter harassment. Try not to travel alone, especially during hours of darkness. U.S. citizens who find themselves harassed are advised to immediately seek safe haven in a public area, contact store management or security personnel, and not attempt to go to a secluded area or drive to their residences until the situation has been resolved. Harassment can be reduced if visitors behave and dress conservatively and maintain a respectful demeanor and a low profile.

It is wise to carry only as much cash as is required for the day’s business and to store the remainder (along with passports, non-used credit cards, and other valuables) in a secure location. When carrying a large amount of cash is unavoidable, it is advisable to break it up in different pockets so as not to display it all when making a purchase. Individuals are advised to check their credit card and banking statements every month. Vehicle break-ins occasionally occur when valuables are left in plain view.

Hotel room doors should be locked at all times, and valuables should be stored in hotel safes when available. Visitors should instruct the hotel management not to divulge their room numbers over the telephone to any callers, and instead connect the call to their rooms or take a message.

All U.S. citizens are urged to be wary of unexpected visitors and to pay particular attention to suspicious vehicles. Any suspicious activities/vehicles should be reported to the local police as soon as possible. U.S. citizens should treat mail and packages from unfamiliar sources with suspicion.

Source : OSAC

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  1. I have a tip also; a Police visibilty; all the time, anyplace,anywhere in Kuwait, to deter the criminals and bad guys roaming around the city, to make the peace and order all the times!

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