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Lorelli Speaks On Travel Safety.
drawing attention to yourself or your group. Leave the jewelry home. No
�� Discuss travel plans
(particularly international) with outsiders/strangers only on a
2. Don�t be predictable
particularly in international, vary your departure times with extended stay
�� Thieves frequently work in pairs...the attention diverter asks you, "Do you know where Gate 6 is?" You put your bags down and try to help. The thief and your bags are now history.
�� Rest rooms have high vandalism incidence rates.
�� Use the company name and phone number on luggage tags; never your home information.
�� Go to personal wardrobe
extreme to have only carry-on luggage. At minimum, all critical
�� Keep a photocopy of your passport in your pocket at all times. The American Embassy can move a lot faster with that photocopy. Better yet, get two passports. Some countries require you to leave your passport with the hotel. Keep (another) one on you person 100% of the time.
�� Pocketbooks should always be carried over your front. Never over the shoulder.
�� Women -- carry a whistle in your purse outer
compartment. Better use it by mistake, than to not call attention when you
5. Hotel Safety
�� Always use the lobby entrance.
�� Women should avoid hotels with multiple access doors.
�� Select floors 3 to 5, with a room nearest the stairwell. The 1st floor has more crime than all other floors put together. Floor 3 and above avoids the lobby noise. In the event of a fire, you can jump from Floor 3 and Floor 4 and have fair odds of making it (not intact). You have a slim chance of surviving a jump from the 5th floor if you land in shrubs. Above that, no way Jose. Even in the event of a stairway evacuation, there�s no reason to work your way down multiple flights. Those of you who have walked down the stairwell from Floor 22 at 1:00am (in a false alarm, hopefully) know what I'm talking about.
�� Count the doors from the
stairwell to your room. In a power outage or smoke condition,
�� In yellow and red countries, have the bellman check the entire room before he leaves you.
�� Be aware of hidden spaces in the hallways.
�� Never put out a breakfast room-service door hanger. A
sharp thief will make note the
� If you receive a call from �the desk clerk� asking for credit card information, absolutely don�t give it out. A favorite credit card theft prank.
� Car rental trunks at hotel parking lots have high vandalism rates. Take all your luggage to your room.
6. Rental Cars/ Ground Transportation
�� Don't stop or unlock your doors for anyone except a uniformed policemen, regardless oftheir claim. Criminal tactics include representing authority.
�� Never leave a car with possessions anywhere but out-of-sight...it goes in the trunk.
�� Unmarked taxis are an invitation for trouble.
Buy a canvas Lands End attach�. Plenty of room for your laptop, AC power supply, 12 volt airline power cord, mouse, phone cord, and . . . yes, all your files. Branded laptop cases are a wonderful invitation.
8. High-risk Countries and Cities
Invest in a service such as KrollWatch (www.KrollWorldWide.com). Available services include itinerary-specific intelligence reports about destinations, on-the-ground travel alerts, and itinerary tracking services. Clients also have access to their response center, which is staffed by security, intelligence and medical specialists who can provide information and assistance at a moment�s notice.
For bodyguards, contact an international security agency such as International Intelligence Limited, which carries out close protection services worldwide; all personnel are former SAS or British Intelligence. www.int-int.info
As President of Pizza Hut's International,
Mike Lorelli flew 300,000 miles, to 44 countries