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Personal Security

A Guide for International Travelers, 1st Edition

By Tanya Spencer

CRC Press

376 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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Maintain peace of mind while you are working or living abroadwherever and however you travel.

As an international traveler, you know there are risks. But are you doing everything you can to protect yourself and your belongings? Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, Personal Security: A Guide for International Travelers enables you to prevent security incidents and react in life-saving ways during a crisis. This comprehensive manual answers questions such as: Which criteria should you use for selecting the safest hotel or airline? How to deal with corrupt officials? What are special considerations for women, families, elderly, or travelers with disabilities? What support can you expect from your organization and what are your responsibilities?

  • Benefit from lessons learned from leading experts and seasoned travelers
  • Learn how criminals select their targets and manipulate situations, whether for street crime or serious attack such as kidnapping or terrorism
  • See yourself from the local perspective
  • Deal with common travel inconveniences and stress factors proactively
  • Improve your situational awareness
  • Increase your effectiveness by realistically assessing threats
  • Make the most out of the opportunities that traveling brings

Tanya Spencer has traveled extensively to high-risk destinations and has trained 1000s of people how to safely navigate the complexities of international travel. Emphasizing prevention, the book covers medical, cultural, and political considerations, so you understand exactly what you must do before and while you are abroad. It provides flexible frameworks, models, and tools that allow you to easily apply the wealth of tips and advice to any travel situation you might face. Before your next trip, benefit from these time-tested strategies for proactively managing travel risks.

Reviews

Personal Security: A Guide for International Travelers provides the perfect mix of lessons-learned, tools, and recommendations from experts so that readers can personalize their own approach to managing travel risks. If followed, the information provided will allow readers to get out and experience the local culture while still traveling safely.

—Bernie Sullivan, Director Global Security, Hanesbrands Inc.

…a must-have for any traveler. Having worked in South and Southeast Asia, I know the advice provided in the book holds the key to keeping safe, avoiding dangerous situations, and managing threats when they occur. The book’s methodological framework, combined with the author’s extensive experience and hands-on knowledge, provide very practical and useful advice.

Kathrine Alexandrowiz, Independent consultant at Kathalyst, former coordinator for the "Regional Risk Management Project for NGOs in Asia Pacific" (ECHO)

a go-to guide for all travelers irrespective of mission or purpose. An excellent piece of work.

—Major Avtar Singh, CPP, CFE, CAS, Chairman, ASIS International New Delhi, India, Chapter # 207

This is a must-read book and an invaluable resource for global corporations and international business travelers—those concerned with security and safety issues while working and living abroad. Personal stories from experienced travelers, combined with Spencer’s expert advice, highlight a broad range of critical issues, particularly ways to avoid risk and danger during worldwide travels.

Christina Fuglsbjerg, Global Mobility Specialist, AS3 Companies

Each of us have individual reasons that compel us to travel—for recreation, for passion, or for our work. Travel security awareness is critical and something that should be ever-present, though that is not always the case. The author provides the reader with an original, easy-to-read book that makes the perils of travel, and how to manage them, understandable even to non-security experts. Happy reading and safe travels!

—Federico Bernasconi, Head of Security, Prysmian Group

In today’s uncertain world, Personal Security: A Guide for International Travelers is essential reading for business and leisure travelers the world over. Using her wealth of experience and knowledge, Spencer delivers a highly informative and invaluable guide, presenting personal safeguards and precautions—both pre- and post-departure—that can be taken. A highly recommended read.

Adrian Shaw, Founder of Expatcompare and Head of Medical & Travel—AAIB; specialist in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and frontier markets

Table of Contents

Before You Go

Proactively Analyzing the Risks

Threat Assessment

Context Assessment

Situational Analysis

Life Is Full of Risks, but Opportunities Come to Those Who Manage Them

Personal Considerations and Vulnerability Analysis

Business Travelers

Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Travelers

Women Travelers

Travelers with Disabilities

Elderly Travelers

Homosexual, Bisexual, and Transgender Travelers

Traveling Families

Religious Travelers

Building Situational Awareness

Planning and Preparing

Organizational Considerations

Duty of Care

Duty of Loyalty

Political Considerations

Cultural Considerations

Medical Considerations

Insurance

Personal Belongings and Documents

Pack with Security in Mind

"Secret Stash"

Safer Luggage and Belongings

Travel Documents

Information Security: Identity Theft and Industrial Espionage

Identity Theft

Industrial Espionage

Communication Equipment and Procedures

Communication Equipment

Communication Procedures

Communication Contingencies

Airports and Airlines

Transportation

Accommodation

Home Protection

Well-Being: Dealing with Fear, Anxiety, and Insecurity

Worth Knowing, Before You Go: Chapter 1 Summary

References

While Traveling

Understanding the Potential Risks While Traveling

Safest and Most Dangerous Locations: Worldwide Comparison

Murder

Terrorism

Sexual Violence

Kidnapping

Carjackings/Hijackings

Civic Unrest

Information Security

Crime

Corruption

Natural Disasters and Complex Emergencies

Life Is Full of Risks, but Opportunities Come to Those Who Manage Them

Personal Considerations

Business Travelers

Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Travelers

Women Travelers

Travelers with Disabilities

Elderly Travelers

Homosexual, Bisexual, and Transgender Travelers

Traveling Families

Religious Travelers

Implementing Situational Awareness

Preparedness

Organizational Considerations

Political Considerations

Cultural Considerations

Medical Considerations

Insurance

Personal Belongings and Documents

Wallets and Purses

Prioritize Safeguarding Valuable Documents

As You Move About

Information Security: Identity Theft and Industrial Espionage

Opportunistic Threats

Determined Threats

Communication Equipment and Procedures

Mobile Phones

Laptop Computers

Airports and Airlines

Transportation

Walking

Using Public Transportation

Taking Taxis

Renting Vehicles

Approaching Your Vehicle

Driving Around

Parking Safely

Getting through Checkpoints

Accommodation

Safe Residential Living

Crime and Corruption

Snatching

Distracting

Befriending/Confi dence Scams

At Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)

Credit Card Skimming

Violent Crime

After a Crime

Corruption

Well-Being: Stress Management

Worth Knowing, While Traveling: Chapter 2 Summary

References

Extreme Risks

Preventing and Reacting to Extreme Risks

Life Is Full of Risks, but Opportunities Come to Those Who Manage Them

Surveillance

Know How to Read the Signposts and Indicators

Know How to Prevent and React

Know How to React if Followed by a Vehicle While Driving

Kidnapping

Basics: Facts, Stats, and Definitions

Motivation: The "Why’s" and How These Affect You

Stages: What Is Happening and Your Response Options

Captivity: What to Expect

Prevention: How Not to Become a Victim

Sexual Violence

Carjackings

Surviving a Carjacking

Demonstrations and Riots

Plane Crash

Prepare for "Best Available Decisions" before a "Worst-Case Scenario"

Choose the Safest Seat, or Can You?

Survive the Initial Impact

Expect a Fire and Get Out

Medical Emergencies

Terrorist Attacks

Analysis Aids Avoidance

Life-Saving Reactions during an Actual Attack, but Prevention Is Still Best

Worth Knowing, Extreme Risks: Chapter 3 Summary

References

Further Reading and Resources

General Preparation: Threat, Context, and Situational Assessments

Personal Preparations, Planning, and Packing

Business Travelers

Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Travelers

Women Travelers

Travelers with Disabilities

Elderly Travelers

Homosexual, Bisexual, and Transgender Travelers

Traveling Families

Religious Travelers

Accommodations

Active Listening Skills

Air Travel

Corruption

Credit Cards Skimming and ATMs

Crime: Street and Violent

Cultural Considerations

Date Rape Drugs

Demonstrations and Civil Unrest

Duty of Care/Duty of Loyalty

Home Security

Honey Traps, Social Engineering, Scams, and Psychological Tricks

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Landmines, and Grenades

Industrial Espionage

Information Security, Identity Theft, and Social Media

Information Security: Recovery Steps for Lost or Stolen Data

Insurance

Kidnappings

Medical Considerations and First Aid

Mobile Devices: Laptops, Phones, and Tablets

Money Matters

Natural Disasters

Political Considerations

Sexual Violence and Harassment

Situational Awareness

Surveillance

Terrorism

Transportation: Driving and Rental Vehicles

Transportation: Public Transportation and Walking

Transportation: Taxis

Transportation Hazards: Accidents

Transportation Hazards: Carjacking/Hijacking

Transportation Hazards: Checkpoints

Well-Being, Stress, and Fear

Index

About the Author

When Tanya Spencer was 18 years old, Rigoberta Menchu, a Guatemalan human rights activist, personally thanked her for helping save countless lives because Tanya ran an alert network that involved writing to U.S. politicians about urgent cases. Rigoberta Menchu, many years later, was the first indigenous woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Tanya’s professional career, spanning over 25 years, has focused on supporting people’s ability to work and live with a "peace of mind."

She owns TrainingSolutions, a provider of travel security and crisis management courses, consultations, and coaching for global organizations. Tanya has trained thousands of people (the United Nations, governments, business people, engineers, journalists, refugees, aid workers, rural people, amongst others) for an A–Z range of destinations, literally Albania to Zimbabwe and most countries in between. She has traveled to more than 40 countries, most of them "hot spots." Tanya’s approach to travel security is based on insights gained from her intercultural, interreligious, and international experiences.

Internationally published, Tanya has written about travel security, peace education and confl ict resolution, security management, international policy, and leadership skills for security professionals. She is active in ASIS International, the world’s largest security network, as an Assistant Regional Vice President, the European representative for Women in Security, and a member of the Crisis Management and Business Continuity Council. She served four years as a board member of the ASIS Denmark chapter and was named the Danish chapter’s Member of the Year, 2009.

Her educational credentials include an MSc in social policy and planning in developing countries from the London School of Economics, a BA in peace and conflict studies and a diploma in conservation and resource studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and management certificates from Wharton/ASIS International and the University of London.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS041000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science