CARD, DOC­U­MENT AND PHONE SE­CU­RITY

How to min­imise the s while trav­el­ling

Business Traveller (India) - - CONTENTS -

The , es­pe­cially credit card and iden­tity the , has been a long­stand­ing prob­lem for busi­ness trav­ellers abroad. Petty non-vi­o­lent crime is one of the most com­mon risks busi­ness trav­ellers face. So how can you avoid fall­ing vic­tim to it?

MAKECOPIES

e or loss of credit cards and other im­por­tant doc­u­ments can hap­pen no mat­ter how care­ful you are. One of the best ways of re­duc­ing stress and in­con­ve­nience if this does hap­pen is to make pa­per copies of im­por­tant doc­u­ments, travel and nan­cial, be­fore leav­ing home. ese usu­ally in­clude pass­port, credit cards, driv­ing li­cence, ho­tel reser­va­tions and in­sur­ance doc­u­ments. Sea­soned trav­ellers rec­om­mend mak­ing two copies of each – one to take with you, and the other to leave at home with a fam­ily mem­ber or col­league.

When mak­ing copies of pass­ports or email­ing/fax­ing them, some trav­ellers sug­gest adding a water­mark to the doc­u­ment for added se­cu­rity. Mi­croso Word has a water­mark func­tion, and you can add your own word­ing – “Only for ho­tel reg­is­tra­tion pur­poses”, for ex­am­ple – across the page, to de­ter iden­tity the .

PHONESECURITY

Pick­pock­ets tar­get ex­pen­sive-looking mo­bile phones. In coun­tries with high street crime such as Brazil or South Africa, it can make sense to use a cheap lo­cal phone and SIM while there and keep your valu­able phone back at the ho­tel or well hid­den, not bran­dish­ing it in pub­lic.

Be­fore leav­ing, make sure you back up your mo­bile phone. iPhone users should also set the in­built “Find My iPhone” func­tion to work (via Set­tings: Your Name: iCloud: Find My iPhone: on), so that you can erase the in­for­ma­tion on it re­motely if you need to, as soon as your phone ei­ther has ser­vice or is con­nected to wi . is can be done by sign­ing into iCloud via an in­ter­net browser, nd­ing your phone un­der “All De­vices” and se­lect­ing “Erase iPhone”. As for An­droid de­vices, there are free apps such as “Find My De­vice” (on the Google Play app store) that work in a sim­i­lar way – but make sure you in­stall them

rst. If your phone does go missing, call your ser­vice provider im­me­di­ately so they can trace or block it.

DIVERSIFYYOURASSETS

Do not keep all of your money or doc­u­ments in one place. Many trav­ellers ad­vise stow­ing cash and cards sep­a­rately. Oth­ers sug­gest tak­ing one credit/pay­ment card out with you and keep­ing the oth­ers in the ho­tel safe. Stor­ing cash in con­cealed pock­ets on your per­son is also a good idea.

OUTSMARTTHETHIEVES

Among the mea­sures you can take to pre­vent petty the from hap­pen­ing, there are also ways to out­smart your as­sailant in the event that it does. “Skim­ming” credit cards is the prac­tice where your card is taken out of your sight for a minute or so, read by a spe­cial elec­tronic reader, and cloned be­fore be­ing re­turned to you. e simple so­lu­tion to this is to not let the card out of your sight – ad­mit­tedly that’s not al­ways as easy as it sounds. Some trav­ellers rec­om­mend scratch­ing the CCV codes o the back of credit cards to ren­der them use­less to crim­i­nals who steal cards. Ei­ther re­mem­ber the nal three-digit code or write it down and store it in a safe, sep­a­rate spot.

An old trick that is simple, but e ec­tive is to carry a fake wal­let to hand over dur­ing a rob­bery. One could even ll it with out-of­date credit cards to make the ruse all the more con­vinc­ing.

Another tried and tested tac­tic is to con­ceal valu­ables in a money belt un­der­neath your cloth­ing.

BEAWARE

Above all, be­ing aware of your sur­round­ings is key to stay­ing safe as a busi­ness traveller. is in­cludes the stan­dard warn­ings of avoid­ing dark, un­pop­u­lated streets and ig­nor­ing strangers who might try to ha­rass you, even if the strangers ap­pear to be well dressed and so­phis­ti­cated. Most im­por­tantly, know the lo­cal emer­gency phone num­bers. Al­though the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion ad­vo­cates 112 as an emer­gency phone num­ber across the Euro­pean Union, some coun­tries in the EU have their own num­bers (in the UK it is 999, for ex­am­ple). In the US the emer­gency num­ber is 911. Olivia Hult­gren

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