Thursday, November 6, 2014

Tip of the Day: Choices You Make Predict Your Potentiality to Become a Crime Victim

Today's Tip of the Day addresses foreign travelers' potential for becoming crime victims while abroad.

Unfortunately, whether you become a crime victim while abroad has a great deal to do with how you conduct yourself while abroad.

There are definitive reasons why foreigners are victimized far more often while abroad than at home. The causation of these factors include:

1. They find themselves in a foreign country where very, very little is known to them;

2. Travelers frequently experience being invariably jet-lagged and fatigued which impacts on the quality of their choices which can result in criminal victimization whether it be non-violent or violent;

3. One factor that represents a precursor to criminal victimization is predictability, which the majority of foreign travelers rarely have the

4. Foreigners who appear demographically different from most travelers will very likely be targeted to a greater extent than those perceived as being "locals."

Why are foreign travelers victimized abroad more often than at home? Many factors contribute to this increased risk probability, including: 

a.  They are jet-lagged and fatigued;

b.  They are more visible in a foreign environment; and

c.  travelers are creatures of habit whose movements are predictable or can be observed:
  • 1. They are naive as to the risk surrounding them;

    2. They often are ignorant of the threat;

    3. They are often perceived as either "wealthy" or "lucrative targets; and

    4. Oblivious of the surrounding threats they face in a foreign land.

    Below, in descending order of frequency, are the threats that foreign travelers face abroad. 

    Although no government maintains credible statistics in terms of their nationals being victims in the below categories, in the course of my 35-year career in protecting diplomats, expatriates and travelers abroad, tracking of news accounts over a twenty-year period and focus groups have resulted in my conclusions that travelers have been victims of the following types of events in priority order:

    a. Debilitating medical conditions that inhibit travel

    b. Non-vehicular accidents;

    c. Non-violent crime

    d. Vehicular accidents

    e. Violent crime

    f. Natural disaster

    g. Indigenous or transnational terrorism


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    23 nations had higher levels of murder per 1,000 citizens than the United States, including South Africa, Jamaica, Venezu- ela, Russia, Mexico, Thailand, Costa Rica, and Poland. 

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