Safety Updates: August 2016

August 15

During the first week of the 2016 Rio Olympics, the primary security concerns facing travelers have been petty theft and armed robbery, though other crimes including errant gunfire have been reported as well. No unattended bags rendered safe by police have been proven malicious, but authorities remain on high alert. Protests and demonstrations have been an ongoing concern, but have been largely peaceful and have caused few disruptions for travelers. Crime Rio de Janeiro has experienced a significant increase in crime against foreigners since late July, when visitors began arriving ahead of… Read more

August 4

Many of us have a variety of apps on our phones that connect with other people. These apps are used worldwide and can be utilized by individuals while traveling. Pokémon Go We’ve all heard about it, and while some won’t admit it, thousands of U.S. smartphone users have the Pokémon Go app.  Including the United States, the following countries have launched the app for smartphone users: Australia, New Zealand, Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania,… Read more