How to stay safe in dangerous places


THE worrying trend of juvenile crime destroying Alice Springs and Townsville’s struggling tourist industries has sadly meant travellers have to be vigilant even in our own country in 2023.

We could discuss the reasons why this has happened forever, but I would rather discuss how to stay safe in dangerous places both in Australia and overseas,

I have visited more than 50 countries without any problems because I followed a set of self-imposed rules, so here 20 tips to stay safe:

  • Research the city: Before visiting or moving to a city with a bad reputation, it’s important to do some research on the crime rate and safety concerns.
  • Stay in a safe area: Choose accommodations in a safe and well-lit area. Avoid areas that are known for high crime rates. Safety is more important than price. Check online reviews of properties.
  • Know the local laws: Familiarise yourself with the local laws and customs to avoid getting into trouble. For example, in some countries it is illegal to photograph police stations or military installations.
  • Blend in: Dress like the locals and avoid standing out as a tourist. You can research his by checking out your destination on Google Images.
  • Avoid high-crime areas: Avoid areas that are known for high crime rates, especially at night. Try to limit the amount of time you are on the street,
  • Stay alert: Be aware of your surroundings at all times and stay alert to any potential threats. This includes snatch and run motorbike robbers,
  • Avoid walking alone at night: If possible, avoid walking alone at night.  If you have to walk in a bad area, I recommend you ask to join a group of fellow tourists or safe locals going your way.
  • Use trusted transportation: Use licensed taxi services or ride-sharing apps with good reviews.
  • Keep your valuables hidden: Keep your valuables hidden and avoid carrying large amounts of cash or expensive items. If you have a bag, wrap the straps around your chair or table leg,
  • Be cautious with strangers: Be cautious with strangers and avoid giving out personal information.
  • Keep emergency contacts handy: Keep a hidden list of emergency contacts with you at all times.
  • Stay connected: Stay connected with family or friends back home and let them know your itinerary. Make contact at set times.
  • Learn basic self-defense: Learn basic self-defense techniques to protect yourself in case of an attack. 
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol: Avoid using drugs or excessive alcohol, which can make you more vulnerable to crime.

-Keep your phone charged: Keep your phone charged and carry a portable charger. And keep your phone hidden and safe. 

-Be mindful of scams: Be wary of scams and avoid giving out personal information or money to strangers. Don’t let your credit card out of your site and check contents of any goods you purchase.

  • Trust your instincts: Trust your instincts and avoid situations that make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Don’t lower your guard by peer pressure,
  • Avoid confrontations: Avoid confrontations with strangers or locals, even if you feel provoked. Walk away calmly or try and find a safe place. Knock on a door and tell the residents you are in trouble.
  • Be prepared for emergencies: Carry a small first aid kit and know the location of the nearest hospital or medical facility.

A lot of this is commonsense, but you want to learn about problems before you go to an area. Read genuine reviews and follow their advice.

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