“Most people let their guard down at the train station or airport because of a perceived increase in security,” says Charlie LeBlanc
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) November 16, 2011
Wallet? Check. Passport? Check. Phone charger? Check. According to the Air Transport Association, an estimated 23.2 million air travelers will be going through similar mental checklists this holiday season. However, many will forget the importance of checking personal safety off of their lists. FrontierMEDEX, a global medical, safety and security solutions provider, conducted a survey of more than 400 travelers last week, and found that most travelers place a higher priority on the weather than on their own safety.
According to the survey, only 29 percent of travelers considered the crime rate a primary concern when researching their destination, as compared with 62 percent citing weather and 55 percent citing recreational activities as most important. FrontierMEDEX experts say that a shift in priorities is critical to keeping travelers safe this holiday season.
A recent study conducted by USA Today, found the risk of becoming a crime victim is four times greater than the national average in areas outside most of the nation's big city airports. However, only 51 percent of the FrontierMEDEX traveler safety survey respondents recognized those specific areas as the biggest threat to their personal safety. The number one choice for 73 percent of respondents was city streets, followed by subways at 53 percent.
“During the holidays, people are carrying large sums of cash in their wallets, purses and bags,” said Charlie LeBlanc, president of security solutions for FrontierMEDEX. “They are in and out of airports and train stations and are distracted by getting to where they need to go, and not paying close attention to their surroundings when traveling. Larger crowds, longer lines, and extra articles to carry like coats, gifts, and luggage create an even greater opportunity for distraction. Being alert and mindful of who and what are around you are crucial to staying out of harm’s way.”
In an effort to ensure travelers have a safe, and hopefully happy, holiday season, the following are tips from LeBlanc, a leading authority on security principles:
- Skilled thieves steal smaller items like wallets, passports, and cell phones, so keep a close eye on all your possessions, especially small bags, purses and laptop cases as these are prime targets for airport thieves;
- Do not let your purse or laptop go through the security scanner before you do;
- Carry wallets in front pockets or in a zippered purse or handbag;
- Separate cash and valuables into different bags, so that if your wallet or purse is stolen, not everything will be gone;
- Arrange ground transportation in advance to ensure swift airport departure via a trusted driver you hire or a friend.
“Most people let their guard down at the train station or airport because of a perceived increase in security,” LeBlanc added. “There are several no-cost things a traveler can do to help reduce the chance of personally becoming a victim of crime. By staying focused, knowing where the greater risks are and following our recommended tips, they’ll increase their personal safety this holiday season. A safe holiday should help to create a happy one.”
FrontierMEDEX provides companies, governments and individuals with a fully integrated medical, safety and security solution that is focused on prevention, intervention and response. Backed by a global network of practicing medical specialists and resources to deliver first-world standards of primary and emergency medical care in remote and hazardous locations, FrontierMEDEX’s robust protocols are rivaled only by their comprehensive emergency medical and security evacuation and crisis response capabilities. A world-class, worldwide infrastructure enables customers to achieve their global ambitions, fulfill their duty of care to staff and operate more effectively and profitably. Headquartered in Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, with a 24/7/365 Emergency Response Center in Towson, Md., FrontierMEDEX has additional offices in Washington D.C., Canada and Dubai, with more than 1,200 field staff, medical and safety personnel in locations around the world. For more information, call 1-800-537-2029, visit Twitter or the official website, http://www.FrontierMEDEX.com.
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