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Personal Security Self-Assessment Checklist

November 23, 2011

Everyone must take responsibility for his or her own personal safety.  Please read over the following checklist to learn how you can improve your own safety practices.

Daily Security Habits and Practices

  • Do you vary your times and routes to and from work?
  • Do you keep your doors locked and windows closed (residence and vehicle)?
  • Do you check the interior and exterior of your vehicle prior to getting into your vehicle?  Look for things that are irregular or abnormal.
  • Do you maintain a low personal profile by not doing anything that draws attention to yourself?
  • Are you alert to what is going on around you?
  • Are your colleagues and family aware of your daily plans and do they know how to reach you?
  • Schedules that are the most predictable leave you the most vulnerable.  Be unpredictable when possible in both your work and social schedules.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.  Report suspicious activity to local police or to the U.S. Embassy when appropriate.
  • In traffic, always attempt to leave space in which to maneuver.  Always leave yourself an exit.  Be prepared to take evasive action at any time.
  • Avoid choke points in travel. Be wary of diversions.
  • If you are being followed or harassed by another driver, try to find the nearest police station, hotel, or other public facility to call the police.
  • Whenever possible, do not have a set day for shopping, errands and personal needs.  Be unpredictable.
  • Never give out your personal information such as family member and household staff names, addresses and telephone numbers in an open setting.
  • Ensure all of your family members are aware of security.