Safety from Crime on a Cruise Ship

There is a growing problem on safety at sea. Crimes on Cruise ships are growing - we need to know how to be safe!

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Tips and Advice About Crimes at Sea and Safety at Sea

Many of us forget to pack our common sense along with the sun screen when we get ready for a cruise, and once aboard, without that common sense, and with the help of a vacation atmosphere, steel drum music and a few cocktails, we unwittingly make ourselves possible crime victims.

Here Safety at Sea investigates the more disturbing crimes and how the cruise lines are responding to demands for better security and follow up in investigating these crimes.

There are some steps we can take, along with remembering to bring our common sense aboard, to ensure that we do not become a statistic for the crime reporters.

Theft involving luggage is the most reported crime for cruise travelers, but there are ways to help ensure that you can hold onto your possessions.

- don’t travel with expensive, flashy looking luggage
- use sturdy luggage that will not pop open with heavy handling
- only travel with luggage you can lock
- keep your luggage under your supervision as much as possible

Many other ship board crimes involve your cabin, and usually occur, again, because of that sadly missing common sense that is still sitting on your bed at home. Here are a few tips to help safeguard your personal cruise space.

- always lock your cabin door
- on returning to your cabin, make sure there is no one inside who shouldn’t be inside before closing the door
- never open the door to strangers
- keep your cabin key/card protected and away from nimble, dishonest fingers
- never leave valuables lying about in your cabin – make use of the room safe, but remember that only valuables locked up in the purser's safe are covered under the ship's insurance.

Cruising, while it is meant to relax you and take you away from everyday worries, can lull you into a false sense of security. Don’t be fooled. While there is less chance of being robbed or attacked on a cruise than there is on the mean streets of the city at home, cruise ships are not immune to crew members and/or fellow passengers who might be tempted to a dabble in crime.

Here are some more tips:

- try and stay in the public areas where other people are about and where plain clothes security staff may patrol
- never accompany crew members into staff-only areas
- never allow crew members (apart from the obvious cabin staff) into your cabin
- be aware of intoxicated passengers who can be just as dangerous and just as much a nuisance as any drunk on land
- do not flash your expensive jewellery; you wouldn’t do it on Main Street and there is no need to think it is any safer aboard ship
- make regular periodic contact with your partners and family
- if traveling with children, keep as close an eye on them as you would at home

As on land, safety at sea, and the responsibility for personal security belongs to all of us. We all have to watch out and be aware and be prepared.

It really is all just common sense. That’s not the problem. The problem is remembering to pack your common sense along with everything else.

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