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MAINTAINING A LOW PROFILE:
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

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The following is intended as general information and some recommendations may not be appropriate for all situations. It is strongly recommended that you contact the proper department within your organization for specific policies, procedures, and/or advice.

Most travel security advice often contains the phrase, “Maintain a low profile.”  Although this is a particular catchy phrase, many people do not know what it actually means. Primarily, “maintaining a low profile,” means to avoid drawing attention to yourself -- to blend in with your local surroundings as much as possible. Anonymity is a key component of personal security while traveling. The goal of every traveler should be to blend in with the local scene as best as possible. There are certain simple steps that travelers can take in order to minimize their profile. 

First and foremost, it is important to pay attention to the way that you dress when traveling.

If you are traversing a city on foot, you should walk with purpose. 

In public places, you should be careful when engaging in conversations – you never know who might be eavesdropping.

Be conscious of your actions at all times. Know some of the cultural “Do’s and Don’ts” of the location that you are visiting.

Avoid getting involved in local affairs.

Travelers can significantly lower their vulnerability to potential threats by maintaining a low profile.  If you lower your profile, you reduce the likelihood of drawing attention to yourself and in turn, lower the chances of becoming a victim.  None of the aforementioned recommendations are particularly difficult or complicated. Nevertheless, such simple measures can go a long way in keeping you safe while traveling.