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Security advice given in wake of Bali bombings

In the wake of the Bali bombing and warnings of possible future attacks in the

region, nationals are advised to consult their governments' websites for the latest

security information. The following US, UK and Australian sites are regularly updated:

 

US: www.state.gov/travel

UK: www.fco.gov.uk

Australia: www.dfat.gov.au/travel

Diplomats say there are currently no credible threats against Cambodia, but admit

such attacks could take place as militant groups step up their campaigns in the region.

We have also printed the following security recommendations from John Muller, a director

of security firm MPA International. Muller is also a country representative of the

US State Department's Overseas Security Advisory Council:

Below are security precautions recommended for any person, corporation or organization

that feels they are a possible target for terrorists. For example: international

schools, US-based NGOs, corporations or a UN agency:

1. Make your facility appear to have strong security measures such as strict vehicle,

staff, contractor and visitor access control, and electronic security systems. Terrorists

and criminals will avoid targeting people or facilities that look well-protected

and choose a soft target instead.

2. If you are a large organization you should employ a full time, well-qualified

security expert to administer your fire, safety and security program. If this is

not possible, outsource this task to security experts. Do not make the mistake of

assigning these decisions to unqualified human resource or financial managers.

3. Carefully screen your security services provider, their directors and operations.

Do not employ guarding companies that do not strictly adhere to Cambodia labor laws,

have an international standard training program, and carefully vet each employee.

4. Do not advertise your flag or citizenship if you feel you could be a target.

Do not dress wearing clothes that display anti-terrorist coalition flag countries.

5. Inspect all arriving parcels and handbags carefully. Do not accept packages

without a return address, or that appear unusually weighted, emit strong odors, greasy

stains, marked confidential/personal, have protruding wires or make ticking sounds.

Immediately contact police authorities if you find an unfamiliar, unclaimed package

left unattended. DO NOT TOUCH IT.

6. Make sure your security officer has an up-to-date emergency contact tree listing

everyone's cell phone, home phone number, pager, home address and email address in

order to quickly notify staff in the event of an emergency.

7. Carefully review your emergency evacuation plans, emergency generators, provisions,

exits, fire evacuation procedures, etc., and keep your emergency services contact

information up-to-date and displayed where they can easily be viewed. This includes

making sure your fire extinguishers have been serviced and emergency exit signs and

lights are serviceable.

8. Report any suspicious persons, activities, etc., to your embassy and the local

police authorities.

9. Prepare a bomb threat plan and routinely conduct security awareness, fire training,

and other fire, safety and security courses.

10. Avoid walking or driving the same daily routes at the same time each day.

Definitely try to avoid unlit "dead end streets" or "boxed canyons."

This is where attacks or crimes are most likely to take place. Travel with two or

more persons if possible.

11. Keep abreast of news events and form a neighborhood watch program with your

neighbors so that your perimeter security can be greatly expanded.

12. Avoid attending major events where there are a lot of expatriates. This includes

popular restaurants, shopping malls, hotels, etc.

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