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Hotel Security

The bottom line is to keep your eyes open, be aware of your surroundings, and don't get into a state of negative anticipation . Paranoia can ruin a trip just as easily as stolen luggage.

As a general rule, when you arrive or depart from a hotel,don't linger or wander unnecessarily in the parking lot, indoor garage or public space around the hotel; be alert for suspicious persons and behavior; and, watch for distractions that are intentionally staged to set up a pickpocket, luggage theft or purse snatch. Here are some tips to consider:

Excerpted from:U. S. Department of State, Overseas Security Advisory Council. U. S. State Department Publication 10214. November, 1994. pgs. 9-10. Note: As of July, 1997 this was the latest non-internet-published U.S. State Department document pertaining to this topic.

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Your Armchair Advisor says "don't leave your common sense at home."

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