Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, December 21, 2018

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Manila, December 21, 2018

Location:  Throughout the Philippines

Event:  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution while traveling and residing in the Philippines.  The holiday season is a prime time for criminal and terrorist activity.  While victims can oftentimes ‎simply be at the wrong place at the wrong time, they can also be targeted because of a perception of affluence.  In years past, there have been incidents of robbery, pick-pocketing, thefts of property from vehicles, and unoccupied residences being burglarized.  Any public event that draws holiday crowds can be a target for terrorist groups seeking publicity for their cause.

Actions to Take:

  • Keep a low profile.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists and/or Westerners.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid walking in dark or isolated areas.
  • Always carry some type of identification.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Always drive with your windows rolled up and the doors locked.
  • Park in well-lighted areas.  Do not leave personal items openly displayed in your vehicle.
  • Always keep the doors to your residence locked, even when at home.