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Theft Prevention

ONE IN SIX STUDENTS HAS SOMETHING LOST OR STOLEN DURING THEIR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL.

U.S. State Department Resources

Lost or stolen passports must be replaced by the embassy of origin. If you are a victim of crime internationally, American Citizen Services, located at each embassy, is helpful in cases of crime. ACS can contacting family and friends in the U.S., explain local criminal justice processes, and obtain case information.

Insurance Coverage

ND Risk Management offers an optional property insurance policy. Some individual homeowner or rental insurance policies may assist with the replacement of lost or stolen items. Contact them directly. Typically the company will require a police report to file a claim. 

Protect Yourself Against Theft

  • Cash: have some local currency available, bringing only the amount of money you want to spend.
  • Valuables: Divide up your valuables; have only one credit card with you at a time. Leave unneeded valuables in a secure area when possible, including your passport and copies of all credit cards.
  • Passport: Do not carry your original passport  with you unless mandated by your circumstance, (e.g. no safe place, traveling internationally or when in a country like Israel that requires you to carry it at all times).
  • Consider buying a neck pouch, a fanny pack or a money belt.
  • Do not use unsecured internet connection for private matters like banking and paying bills.