January 15, 2016
U.S. Mission personnel have been advised to practice personal security awareness and we encourage the U.S. citizen community to do the same. The following are personal and residential security tips to review and share with everyone in the household:
- Be aware of your surroundings, maintain a high level of self-awareness, watch for suspicious activity, and don’t become predictable–vary your routes and times of travel.
- Do not leave valuables in plain view in your car or while out in public. Do not expose large sums of money when making purchases. Be particularly cautious and alert when using ATMs.
- Limit the amount of personal belongings you carry with you. Carry your money in your front pockets and limit the number of credit cards you carry. Carry only those items you are willing to lose.
- Discuss personal safety with your children. Closely supervise them in locations such as malls, parks, and other public areas. Never leave children alone in a car or a stroller.
- Ensure nannies, childcare providers, and schools maintain adequate safety and security protocols.
- In your residence, be familiar with your exterior door and window locks. Keep doors locked, including sliding glass doors, garages, and other entrances to your residence even when you are home. If you have a home security alarm, use it. Don’t leave your keys “hidden” outside your residence. Only trusted individuals should have access to your residential keys.
- Do not permit anyone to enter your residence unless expected or known.
- Watch for people who “appear” repeatedly or anyone paying undue attention to your residence. Prepare an Emergency Action Plan for your family, brief your household on emergency procedures. Prepare a list of emergency contact telephone numbers that is accessible to the entire household.
- If you require emergency assistance please use the following: for law enforcement assistance, dial 102, for fire emergencies, dial 101, or for emergency medical services, please dial 103. The Government of Azerbaijan’s Emergency Services advises that they do have English speaking staff.
We encourage U.S. citizens to monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
We also remind you that spontaneous and/or planned rallies may take place from time to time in response to world events or local developments. At times, even rallies intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. Avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if within the vicinity.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Azerbaijan Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Baku, located at 111 Azadlig Avenue, at (+994) 12 488 3300. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+994) 12 488 3300.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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