Three years ago, Skyguard set up the first and only lone worker personal safety service for International travellers. With 24/7 backup and support across 36 countries, Skyguard International continues to give peace of mind to those who find themselves in unfamiliar places, knowing there’s someone at hand with just a press of a button. Even if you do carry a Skyguard personal alarm, it’s still prudent to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of assault or injury whilst abroad. Here are five simple steps to follow to help keep yourself safe whilst travelling.
- Check before you travel. Get a head start on knowing your destination by taking time to research using travel guides or the internet. Check the Foreign Office’s travel advice website for up-to-date information. Ensure you have all the relevant identification documents ready and are insured both medically and for your possessions.
- Don’t advertise. When you reach your destination, keep a low profile and try to blend in with your surroundings. Try not to look like a tourist… a camera around your neck, foldout maps, tourist guides and large local denomination of currency practically screams “tourist” and makes you an easy target.
- Keep your money close. Carry identification, money and credit cards close to you, and keep only a small amount of cash handy for small purchases. Carry money in zip-up or buttoned pockets, or under other items of clothing to protect yourself from pickpockets.
- Be wary. Be conscious of your new surroundings and avoid areas that are known to be unsafe or crime hotspots, especially for tourists. Be careful about giving out more information than necessary… keep the name of your hotel and the details of your travel plans to yourself.
- Lock it up. Keep your valuables secure by using a hotel lockbox or safe. Don’t put all of your cash and valuables in one place. It’s worth investing in a travel lockbox and hiding it in a separate place. Always lock your hotel room. Check the door from the outside each time you leave. If you are renting a car, always lock the doors, whether you’re in the vehicle or not.
If you are unlucky enough to be a victim, don’t panic. Inform the police so they can file a crime report. Then call your credit card and traveller’s cheque companies. In most instances your money and cards will be replaced within 24 hours, and you won’t be liable for any charges to your card. Of course, if you are protected by Skyguard International, a press of your SOS button on your device will instigate a fast, effective and fully managed emergency response.