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    5 ways to avoid crime during the Games

    Two 20 pound notes poked out of the rear pocket of a traveller's jeans.
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    Two 20 pound notes poked out of the rear pocket of a traveller's jeans.

    Courtesy of Michael Kelly, CEO of On Call International, a provider of medical, security, and travel assistance.

    1) BE STREET SMART

    Avoid pickpockets. Women, wear your purse slung across your chest rather than on your shoulder. Men, put a rubber band around your wallet to create resistance against your pants.

    2) BE ALERT

    Keep an eye on your personal belongings at all times. Limit fancy jewelry or handbags so you are less of a target.

    3) KEEP A CLOSED DOOR POLICY

    Don’t open your hotel door for someone you don’t know. When leaving your room for the day, keep your hotel key with you and hang a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door so others think it is occupied.

    4) MIX UP YOUR MONEY

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    Have some British pounds on hand as well as credit cards. Do not use an ATM machine if someone is standing nearby. Keep extra cash or credit cards stored in the hotel safe.

    5) PROTECT YOUR PASSPORT

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    Keep a few copies in different places, including a photo stored on your phone. Make sure you have the US Embassy contact information.

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