Crime happens abroad, just as it does wherever you live. To avoid ruining your vacation by becoming a crime victim, exercise some simple common sense.
- Don't travel alone. There is safety in numbers.
- Don't share your personal information (including your hotel room number) with anyone you don't know.
- Be careful about your interactions with strangers. Don't give out more information than absolutely necessary. If someone makes you uncomfortable, politely get away from that person. Never invite a stranger up to your hotel room -- only interact with them in a public location.
- Limit your outings at night, both on foot and by car. If you do travel at night, stick to well-lit and well-traveled areas.
- Never get into a vehicle that isn't clearly marked as a licensed taxi.
- When traveling on a train, lock your compartment, if possible. Try to travel during the day, because criminals are more likely to rob passengers on night trains.
If you are a victim of a crime abroad, contact the local police, as well as the nearest U.S. embassy, consulate or consular agency for help. They can help you replace a stolen passport, get medical care and navigate your way through the local criminal justice system.