Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tip of the Day: Being a High-Placed Federal Official Brings with It No Warranty You Won't Be Victimized

As most of our readers know, contemporary history is so often a predictor of future missteps.

It is noteworthy to point out, as I did in my 2008 book, STAYING SAFE ABROAD: TRAVELING, LIVING AND WORKING IN A POST-9/11 WORLD, that despite the passage of time, in 2014, THERE ARE NO SAFE countries.

Even for senior officials who have the luxury and benefit of being looked after by experienced security escorts, there are inherent risks:

In 2007, the director of the White House Travel Office spent a few days in Hawaii after a grueling trip to Asia, only to be beaten and robbed outside a Honolulu nightclub at 0200 hours;

During the same week, Barbara Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush, was robbed of her purse and cell phone in a Buenos Aires restaurant; and

…on the same trip,  an off-duty US Secret Service agent accompanying the Bush twins was mugged. 

If there are any suggestions I can offer to well-protected persons, they include:

1. page29image17928Solo travelers are almost invariably at greater risk because they are alone and vulnerable; 

2. If out-of-towners have consumed alcoholic beverages, double the risk;

3. Never carry more than $100 in cash;

4. NEVER use a street-accessible ATM or cash machine during hours of darkness; and

5. NEVER wear jewelry or watches worth more than $50.page29image17384

FYI (For your information): My completely updated non-fiction book, STAYING SAFE ABROAD 2015, will be released in March 2015 as an E-book (Kindle, iPad, Nook, etc.) as well as in print. Those interested in quantity orders, please email me at:


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