TS Update-(Vehicle Security)

Greetings Expats,

I’ve been really focused this week on residential security and figuring out ways for expats to improve their security setup.  Before I share my next update I wanted to state that there are a lot of positive developments happening in Tunisia.  Also Tunisia is a relatively safe place especially if one compares it to near by countries or major cities.  

But here’s the problem…

Tunisian security forces currently have 3 main priorities:

Tourism, Borders, and Chaambi 

Good priorities but the problem is that local police stations are lacking resources and criminals are starting to exploit this weakness.  This is why “petty crimes”, burglaries, and car thefts are on the rise.    

Police response in local neighborhoods (especially at night) is highly unreliable. In some areas they have only one squad patrol car with a few policemen on duty.  The video below is a prime example, as a criminal calmly selects which car he wishes to break into in broad daylight.  

Vehicle Security

After watching the video you can easily take away a few tips that will help reduce the chances of your vehicle being vandalized or worse: 

  1. Don’t leave valuables visible in your vehicle. 
  2. If you have a garage…use it.
  3. Remember to change your departing times. 
  4. Consider a car alarm. 

Let’s continue to share information and remember to remain aware & engaged.

 

 

Tunisia elections probably in November

Date: May 3, 2014

Source:  Reuters

Brief: T(Reuters) – Tunisia’s next presidential and parliamentary elections will probably be held in the second half of November, the election agency chief said on Saturday, about polls that will mark the country’s final step towards full democracy. Read More

 

TS Update-(May Day Security)

Greetings Expats,

So much going on in Tunis on May 1st so let’s review the security situation.  People often ask me “so how are things in Tunis?”.  Before responding I always take a second to assess the person asking the question so that I can select the version of things I think the person cares about.  

As a security professionals I speak with a wide spectrum of people all with a different take on “how things are going“.  In the end it comes down to a balance between caution & exploration.  

Expat Awareness on May 1st

  • Downtown Tunis:  Habib Bourgiba Avenue will be closed to traffic from 9-3pm.  
  • Gatherings in support of International Workers Day are schedule to take place in many major cities to include Sfax and Sousse.  

Top 3 Recent News Headlines

Tunisian PM says economic reforms will be paced to avoid unrest

Fitch reaffirms its negative Outlook on Tunisia 

Could Tunisia be the next big travel destination? 

Exploring Safely 

As expats we owe it to ourselves to explore our adopted country.  With the right mindset we can safely continue our adventurous journey in North Africa.  

Let’s continue to share practical & relevant information.  Join us on Twitter & Facebook for quick security updates.  

TS Update-(May Day Security)

Greetings Expats,

So much going on in Tunis on May 1st so let’s review the security situation.  People often ask me “so how are things in Tunis?”.  Before responding I always take a second to assess the person asking the question so that I can select the version of things I think the person cares about.  

As a security professionals I speak with a wide spectrum of people all with a different take on “how things are going“.  In the end it comes down to a balance between caution & exploration.  

Expat Awareness on May 1st

  • Downtown Tunis:  Habib Bourgiba Avenue will be closed to traffic from 9-3pm.  
  • Gatherings in support of International Workers Day are schedule to take place in many major cities to include Sfax and Sousse.  

Top 3 Recent News Headlines

Tunisian PM says economic reforms will be paced to avoid unrest

Fitch reaffirms its negative Outlook on Tunisia 

Could Tunisia be the next big travel destination? 

Exploring Safely 

As expats we owe it to ourselves to explore our adopted country.  With the right mindset we can safely continue our adventurous journey in North Africa.  

Let’s continue to share practical & relevant information.  Join us on Twitter & Facebook for quick security updates.  

TS Update-(Petty Crimes on the rise…)

Greetings Expat,

I hope everyone is enjoying the great weather and finding time to explore Tunisia.

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As a security professional I am always monitoring trends, especially when it comes to expat personal safety & security.  During the last 3 months we’ve seen a steady increase of petty crimes (Carthage, La Marsa, Berges du Lac) specifically in reference to purse snatching, vehicle vandalism, and burglary.

 

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Of the three crimes on the rise, purse snatching is the one that most concerns me because of the bold nature in which the perpetrators are conducting them.  On one occasion a lady’s purse was snatched in broad daylight while walking through an upscale street in Berges du Lac.  Unharmed, the victim lost all her IDs, house keys, cell phone, and a small amount of cash. Another incident with similar results took place only a few meters from the US Embassy & American school on the La Marsa highway.

Purse Snatch Incident Pic

 

 

Tips to avoid motorcycle purse snatchers

  • Be alert & aware of surroundings.
  • Walk against traffic with handbags kept away from the street side.
  • Be on the lookout for motorcycles.
  • Avoid carrying important documents & items of high worth in purse.

US Embassy Security & Safety Update 

The US Embassy recently updated their safety and security section for Tunisia and it clearly states that “muggings have occurred during daylight hours in upscale neighborhoods; in some cases these encounters have turned violent when the victim tried to resist.”

Compare & Contrast (take a deep breath…)

Tunisia’s crime rate is far below most major cities and we have noted a significant improvement on the part of the security forces in terms of their professionalism & reaction.

Additionally, Tunisians are proud of their beautiful country and determined to make it shine during the tourist season.  As one optimistic Tunisian man puts it:

“Tunisia is ready to bring tourism back,” And we’ll even exceed what we used to achieve, seeing even more tourists than before the revolution.”

TS Update-(Martyrs’ Day + Safety & Security)

Greetings Expats,

During the last few months we’ve seen a barrage of positive news regarding Tunisia.  The media-hype is backed up by a real measurable difference in terms of security improvements on the ground.  Still, security analysts remain cautious because a. Tunisia is going through a major transition and b. the deteriorating situation in Libya.

The U.S. Embassy recently updated their Safety & Security section regarding Tunisia. Here are the 3 points that caught my attention:

  1. While the Tunisian government has renewed its commitment and effectiveness in addressing security concerns over the past year, challenges remain.
  2. The ability of Tunisian Ministry of Interior forces to control civil unrest and demonstrations since a 2012 attack on U.S. Embassy Tunis and the nearby American Cooperative School of Tunis has improved.
  3. Terrorism also remains an increasingly significant concern.  Tunisian nationals have been involved in international terrorism and international terrorist organizations have on multiple occasions called for attacks in North Africa, including Tunisia.

Expat Awareness

The embassy does a good job of providing readers with practical security advise.  Being aware of our surroundings, staying informed, and avoiding areas where demonstrations take place are all easy yet effective things that we can do to strengthen our security setup.

Wednesday, April 9th is Martyrs’ day, a day in which Tunisians mark the massacre of the country’s nationalists by French troops in 1938.  Last year, we witnessed many demonstrations so it’s important that we remain security conscious as we make our plans to enjoy the beautiful weather we’re being spoiled with these days.

Let’s stay in touch and continue to share practical & relevant information.

 

Disclaimer:  Please note that this post is for informational use only and not affiliated with the U.S. embassy in Tunis.  

Thank you. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TS Update-(Martyrs’ Day + Safety & Security)

Greetings Expats,

During the last few months we’ve seen a barrage of positive news regarding Tunisia.  The media-hype is backed up by a real measurable difference in terms of security improvements on the ground.  Still, security analysts remain cautious because a. Tunisia is going through a major transition and b. the deteriorating situation in Libya.

The U.S. Embassy recently updated their Safety & Security section regarding Tunisia. Here are the 3 points that caught my attention:

  1. While the Tunisian government has renewed its commitment and effectiveness in addressing security concerns over the past year, challenges remain.
  2. The ability of Tunisian Ministry of Interior forces to control civil unrest and demonstrations since a 2012 attack on U.S. Embassy Tunis and the nearby American Cooperative School of Tunis has improved.
  3. Terrorism also remains an increasingly significant concern.  Tunisian nationals have been involved in international terrorism and international terrorist organizations have on multiple occasions called for attacks in North Africa, including Tunisia.

Expat Awareness

The embassy does a good job of providing readers with practical security advise.  Being aware of our surroundings, staying informed, and avoiding areas where demonstrations take place are all easy yet effective things that we can do to strengthen our security setup.

Wednesday, April 9th is Martyrs’ day, a day in which Tunisians mark the massacre of the country’s nationalists by French troops in 1938.  Last year, we witnessed many demonstrations so it’s important that we remain security conscious as we make our plans to enjoy the beautiful weather we’re being spoiled with these days.

Let’s stay in touch and continue to share practical & relevant information.

 

Disclaimer:  Please note that this post is for informational use only and not affiliated with the U.S. embassy in Tunis.  

Thank you.