Travel and Theft: What to Do When Crime Occurs

No one wants to plan for all of the negative aspects that can happen on their vacation when they are traveling overseas or out-of-state. While doing this may be time-consuming, it can also help you avoid becoming a victim. It is fair to say that when your money, luggage, jewelry, or even your passport is stolen on your vacation, it will put a damper on your mood and your entire trip.

All of the preparation in the world cannot help you dodge every single threat. If you find that thieves have attacked and stolen some of your possessions while you were on vacation, it is important to know what to do to protect yourself. Here are some tips on what to do when crime occurs while you are on vacation so you know how to pick up all of the pieces.


What to Do When Traveling Overseas

Emergencies are handled differently when you are traveling abroad. Because local authorities, like the police, speak a different language, dealing with these authorities yourself can be very difficult. You might not know where to go, who to speak to, and how to communicate with the local police directly when you are dealing with a theft out of the United States. This is why you should know who to call that will protect you and help you throughout the process when crime occurs and you are a United States resident. Before you call a defense lawyer or any other attorney in your area, you should start by contacting the nearest US Embassy or Consulate in the area. Here are some things you should know and numbers you should save in your phone or travel itinerary just in case you need them:

1. Consular officers in all areas are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency purposes.

2. US Embassies and Consulates overseas are located all throughout the world. Make sure you access and find the nearest office location and phone number before you depart for your trip.

3. The Department of State in the US is also available to help with emergencies and crises. Make sure to save the Department of State phone number in the event you need help replacing a passport. There Department of State also helps with:

* contacting friends and family
* obtaining medical care
* understanding the criminal justice process
* finding assistance for issues that are addressed as a result of the crime
* finding a criminal defense lawyer or an attorney who speaks English

It is best to contact a consular officer because they will speak your language and they can help you when you are suffering from physical, emotional, and even financial injuries. Becoming a victim in a place where you are not familiar can become more difficult because you do not know the local customs, the language, or even the local justice system. These officers know the regions where they work and also know how to help American victims.


Contacting Local Authorities

You do need to deal with the local authorities when something is stolen. The authorities will take a report and the crime will be reported so it can be investigated. Consular officers and the agents of the US Embassy do not investigate crimes. This is why you need to report the incident immediately when it occurs. When you report the crime, make sure you request a copy of the police report so this can be given to the consular officer and your criminal defense attorney Orlando.

It is easy to hope you do not fall victim on your vacation. If you do fall victim, you should know what to do. These valuable tips will help you stay prepared just in case you need the assistance to get back home or to get your possessions back through the justice system.


Molly Henshaw is a freelance travel writer based in the DC metro area. When she is not traveling she is also a contributing author for the Katz & Phillip defense attorneys. When traveling always be aware of your surroundings and be proactive before going abroad. It is important for your safety!

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