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Business Traveller Safety Tips

Business travellers are prime targets for criminals. Here are some ways to protect yourself while travelling away from home. These tips cover safe air travel as well as hotel and road security.

Business Traveller Safety Tips

  1. Keep your eye on your bags—especially a laptop computer or other valuable gear — at all times. Don't let anyone but uniformed airline personnel handle or watch your bags.
  2. Be wary of mishaps, like someone bumping you or spilling a drink ... they may be staged to set you up for a robbery.
  3. Clutch your pocketbook close to your body or carry your wallet in an inside front pocket ... or wear a concealed money pouch.
  4. Record the contents of checked luggage and carry valuables onto the plane with you.
  5. Don't draw attention to jewellery, cameras or other expensive items.
  6. If renting a car, study your route on a map before you start.
  7. If using a rental car, make sure it is in good operating condition and learn how to operate all controls before starting out.
  8. Keep maps and rental agreements concealed, and store luggage out of sight in the trunk.
  9. Keep car doors locked and park in lighted areas near entrances.
  10. Have keys ready so you can enter the car quickly ... after checking the back seat and floors.
  11. If bumped by another car, rather than getting out you might want to signal the other driver to follow you to a police station or other place where you would feel safe.
  12. When you arrive at the hotel, don't leave your luggage unattended.
  13. Make sure your room has a peephole and deadbolt lock on the door and window locks ... and use them.
  14. Caution hotel personnel against saying your room number within earshot of others
  15. In case of emergency, know where exits, elevators and public phones are located.
  16. Leave valuables at home or keep them in the hotel safe.
  17. If going out, ask hotel staff about neighbourhood safety and areas to avoid.
  18. If someone claiming to be a hotel employee shows up at your door unexpectedly, don't let them in without first calling the front desk for confirmation.
  19. Don't display your room key or leave it where it may get stolen.
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