Acquaint yourself with the area in which you study and have your accommodation. Inquire and collect local safety information from your school’s international students’ office.
Try and find out which areas of your town or city are safe to travel and which area to avoid (both during the daytime and night-time).
Make it a point to stay away from areas where you could become the victim of a crime or which are known for crimes.
Avoid the use of shortcuts, narrow alleys, or poorly lit streets as much as possible.
Avoid travelling alone at night.
When abroad, try to blend in with the local people as much as possible. Maintain a low profile and avoid standing out as a foreigner or tourist.
Do not give out travel plans or personal information to strangers.
Learn the language of the host country (if it is other than English) and avoid being loud and boisterous.
While roaming around in your host country, be alert and pay particular attention to your surroundings and whereabouts. Public places are the most common areas where a person can be targeted by thieves and other con artists. Also be highly alert when you are in crowded places such as elevators, market places, festivals, shopping malls, metro and local train stations, tourist locations, etc.
At night, travel by taxis as they are often the most reliable mode of conveyance. However, be alert and avail only those taxis which have identification displayed properly.
At most times, public is a cheap and easy way to move around in the city. However, be wary of pickpockets and familiarise yourself with the routes. Keep a map or a detailed information guide on the city’s r town’s public transportation system, for a quick reference whenever needed.
Keep emergency telephone numbers on speed dial on your mobile phone or in a diary, which you may need at times of distress, such as family, police, fire, your hotel/hostel, host family, roommates, program director, and the nearest Embassy or Consulate.
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