Security expert urges practicing personal security at all times

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A UAlbany security professor offers tips on how to practice personal safety both at home and abroad.

Because of the multiple fatalities and injuries in Brussels after two terror attacks, some people have cancelled flights heading overseas. But if you’re still boarding a flight that’s leaving the United States, a local professor says your personal security can be helped by your daily routine in the U.S.

“Exercise some degrees of personal security things all the time,” Dir. of Simulations and Training at UAlbany CEHC Rick Matthews said.

Before heading overseas, Matthews said personal safety should be a daily process. The idea is to practice the same level of vigilance, awareness and care as if you were overseas.

“Think about it,” he said. “If you try hard, why even make the trip. It’s no longer fun. We want to make it so security becomes part of our life. It becomes like putting on a jacket to go outside.”

Matthews said to be knowledgeable about where you’re going, including learning some of the local customs. He also recommends planning an itinerary, traveling with others, and trying to blend in once at your destination.

“That goes for jewelry, our attire, how conservative we are,” he said. “Some places we probably shouldn’t be wearing open toed shoes.”

Recent shootings on both foreign and U.S. soil have been coordinated efforts of terrorism. Matthews said that makes them harder to prevent.

When you’re in a foreign place, he said to always trust your instincts.

“If it looks concerning to you, or if they are paying too much attention to you, whether you’re here or over there, it’s probably a good time to maybe move or leave that area,” Matthews said.

Before leaving the U.S., Matthews recommends registering with the Department of State to let the government know where you’re going.

If anything happens, someone will know where you are and how to get to you.

Click, HERE, to register.

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