In light of recent unrest in the world, we would like to remind everyone to be mindful of your personal security. We encourage travelers and residents alike to be aware of their surroundings and report anything suspicious to the local authorities. You should develop and rehearse plans to respond to an event, such as a major accident in the city. They should include how to contact loved ones, where to meet, and how to sustain yourself and your family should services be interrupted. Please contact your family and friends notify them of your status in the event of a major emergency. Avoid becoming overly predictable in your daily activities. From a security perspective, it is good to maintain a low personal profile.
As a general reminder, do not leave valuables in your car, especially not in plain sight, even just for a minute. “Smash and grabs” are common occurrences. Burglary tends to increase during holidays when many people are away. If you go away on vacation, make sure to inform your neighbors to keep an eye on your home for any suspicious behavior.
We encourage all American citizens to register with the State Department’s STEP Program, a registry of citizens abroad, so that you can receive instruction messages in case of an emergency. To register, please go to our link: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) or http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/tips/registration/registration_4789.html
In an emergency in Germany, call 110 (Police) or 112 (Fire/Medical).
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