TS Update-(Personal Safety)
Very busy at work but still we need to keep practical & relevant security information flowing…
Personal Safety-Expats on the Run…
Sometimes security folks get too involved with geopolitics and tend to over analyze security information. As Expats we simply need practical security information that enables us to explore and navigate safely through the countries we’ve chosen to live and work in.
We came across two incidents this week which reminded us about the importance of personal safety and the value of situational awareness.
The first took place in the suburbs of La Marsa and involved two Expats who were harassed while out for a early morning jog. The car with about 4 or 5 males came to an abrupt stop near the two ladies while they were on their run. The ladies rightly felt that something was wrong and used good situational awareness skills to maintain a good distance away from the unusual vehicle. The males then began yelling and acting in a hostile manner. At this point the ladies ran away from the scene feeling shaken up by the incident.
Personal Safety-Motorbike Muggers
Another incident involved an Expat mugged in broad daylight. On a beautiful afternoon this Expat was mugged by two men on a motorbike. The victim (Expat/Age 40), was wearing some jewelery but not enough in her opinion to call attention to herself. Still because she was all alone and in a fairly empty area, the muggers saw her as an ideal target.
Although this type of incident happens all throughout the world, it is important to note that “incidents of mugging, pick pocketing, bag snatching and petty theft are on the increase.”(UK-Embassy).
- Situational Awareness: Simply pay attention to your surroundings
- Don’t walk and text. You’re likely to be distracted and you are giving a potential thief a chance to see what type of phone you have
- Be aware about the valuables you are carrying and don’t show them off. Talking on your mobile phone, carrying a laptop, or showing your friend your new gold ring all show thieves that you are worth robbing
- If you feel unsafe…call somebody
Thank you for all the positive & informative feedback. Please continue to send us security updates so that we can continue to empower Expats with practical & relevant security information.