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How to Keep Safe Abroad

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Safety must always be kept in mind. Specially when you are a foreigner living in a different country with a far different culture. Scammers see new expats as an easy target because you lack experience and there are many things that you don’t know about the country, the people, and the culture. But worry not! Just stay alert and this article will give you tips on how to stay safe abroad.

 

 

A photo of a traffic sign saying “Safety First”.

 

 

Wherever you are or what country you are, being safe is at least partly up to you. Being a law-abiding expat is one of the key to safety. One should know what is allowed and what to avoid. Additionally, there are general safety rules that you should keep in mind.

 

General Safety Tips

 

To get a good sense of security threats and the political situation of the country that you’re at, one must keep an eye on the local news. Chatting with local neighbours and co-workers helps you to become fully aware of the issues and situations of the country that might put your safety on the line. In other words, you need to adjust to current safety status and take precautions defending on the stability of the country.

 

Use your common sense and stay aware of your environment. Wherever country you’re at, valuables should not be left lying around and avoid displaying your wealth as it will just tempt thieves on targeting you. Always avoid dangerous corners of your town and as much as possible never walk alone in the dark specially if you are a women.

 

Threats of Terrorism

 

Nowadays, terrorism is unpredictable and threats are a reality. While some might think that it depends on what country you are at, it is still advisable to be cautious and alert at all times. When you are in public places always mind your surroundings including the environment and the people around. Try also to avoid tourist spots and crowded places as those are popular among terrorist because they can draw a lot of public attention. But there is no need to be paranoid just stay alert and never let your mind fly.

 

Feel safe at home

 

Whatever the crime rate in a country, it’s best to be safe than sorry. Lock all doors including your front gate when you leave the house or before you go to bed even if you’re just inside chillin. Barred your windows if you must. Install an alarm system to keep you and your family safe and sound. There’s no harm on being extra secured as long as safety is guaranteed.

 

Blend in

 

This may be hard for some expats but adjusting to the clothing style of locals, their pace of life and their attitude can have a strong impact to your safety. This will take some time but blending in and not being outstanding can reduce the risk of danger. Imagine a five finger in the hand and one finger has a red in color in it. The first thing that will be recognized is the one different. It may be good to be outstanding but it’s also a way for thieves or bad people to easily acquire their target. Blending in is not just for your safety it is also a good way of showing respect to the local’s culture and a another way of getting to know the host country’s culture.

 

 

Author: Expatch Editorial Team 

 

 

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