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International Specialists in Travel Safety & Security

The DCU Travel Safety program educates both corporate and government sector personnel on the threats they could encounter during business or personal travel, domestically or overseas. The key objective is to focus on pre-departure travel preparation to mitigate any potential risk when traveling.

Travel Safely education provides support area packages that include:

  • Travel and safety awareness considerations
  • Cultural awareness and responsiveness
  • Environmental awareness
  • How to recognize and avoid potential threats
  • How to avoid potential abduction or kidnapping
  • How to apply countermeasures to avoid opportunistic and criminal situations
  • What to do when the unthinkable happens

Specific training for your global destination:

Latin America and the Caribbean: Across much of Mexico and Central America, the prolific and highly violent drug trade continues to be one of the key travel security threats. Nothing in the behavior of Mexican cartels indicates that they would consciously keep tourists out of the line of fire. In much of Latin America and parts of the Caribbean, narco-terrorism, kidnapping, extortion, robbery, rape, and carjacking have proliferated, making security a serious issue in many countries and regions. Additionally, the downturned economic conditions have caused instability in many places, which has led to an increase in local street crime, such as pick pocketing and purse snatching.

Europe: The sovereign debt and banking crisis, and associated social unrest, continue to dominate the region’s political and economic landscape. European relations with Russia have become more adversarial in the context of the annexation of Crimea and the destabilization of the Ukraine. Rising tensions have altered assumptions about European security as well as European energy security.

Middle East: In the Middle East and North Africa, the ramifications of the Arab Spring continue to be felt across the region, although more so in Syria, where anti-government protests have degenerated into a sustained civil war. However, conflict and crisis seem to be a pressing source of tension in many countries, such as Iran, Iraq, and Yemen. Meanwhile, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has emerged as a major terrorist operating area. In Libya, the fall of the Muammar al-Gaddafi regime exposed the country’s significant racial, tribal, religious, and political differences. To the south, Mali recently endured a significant amount of upheaval. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Jordan pose various levels of high, country-wide threats for a variety of issues, including sectarian conflict, terrorism, insurgency, demonstrations, and political instability.

Asia: In India, abduction has grown faster than any other crime in the last 60 years. The most common targets are business people. The Philippines continues to rank in the top three globally in kidnapping, with extortion also very high. In Malaysia, the line between the ruling Islamic party and Catholicism has caused numerous cases of unrest, while criminal and terrorist activities remain a constant threat. In China, despite the country’s economic transformation and growth in wealth, much of the country still remains impoverished, and thus crime and kidnap for ransom have grown exponentially. Militant threats to hotels and other soft targets continue to pose threats to travelers in many Asian countries and regions.

Africa: Many countries in Africa continue to pose a threat to business and tourism alike, as militants, Islamic extremists, bandits, tribal warlords, and other insurgent groups continue to flourish while economic conditions have deteriorated, and political instability and insecurity are a way of life in many regions. The Boko Haram leader has been replaced in Nigeria, raising much speculation about future kidnappings and jihadist violence. Kenya’s troubles are from over, even after the Westgate shopping mall attack. Dissension and potential al-shabaab influence continue to wreak havoc on Kenya’s people and economy. Increasing poverty and inequality in South Africa, and one of the highest murder rates in the world, continue to plague the nation, and are very disturbing for potential visitors.

United States:With the flourishing drug trade and presence of gangs and cartels, America is far from being immune to crime. The sex trade stronghold has greatly influenced the rise in exploited and abducted children. The porous borders between the U.S. and Mexico continue to pose grave dangers as the drug trade grows at an alarming rate. Violent street crime continues to be a problem in most cities, and even in rural areas, crime and violence are on the rise. Transnational criminal organizations and organized crime have connected to give rise to global consequences.

It is clear that we live in an increasingly dangerous world. More worrying and concerning is the speed with which events can move from total calm to complete chaos. The importance of accurate, real-world travel awareness training and intelligence cannot be overstated. Executives and professionals traveling for work or with their families on vacation need the ammunition the Travel Safety program provides to protect themselves from opportunists, criminals, and potentially threatening environments.

Delivery:  The Travel Safety program is an instructor-led program delivered onsite at corporate offices or conference facilities.

DCU Team members have decades of experience in high-risk environments, cultural situation awareness, and travel safety. Don’t take travel security for granted; call us today at 1-800-820-0882 or visit us online at!

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