Personal Security

Personal security is generally a matter of common sense wherever you are in the world. Local newspapers sometimes report that unwary tourists in Manila have been drugged and robbed by the so-called "Ativan" gangs. Other groups and individuals are also on the lookout to pickpocket you. The best advice we can give is to beware of befriending strangers, however well-dressed and personable they appear to be, and always be aware of your surroundings.

  • Don't accept lifts from strangers, even if they produce official-looking badges.
  • Don't accept drinks or food from strangers.
  • Don't walk around with your handbag or purse open or easily accessible. Keep your purses tightly held.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry in public.
  • Don't leave your car unlocked.
  • Be wary of offers to guide or show you around, especially if you are on your own.
  • Ensure that your car has a jack and tools, spare tire, and registration papers at all times.
  • Men should carry their wallets in a front pocket.
  • Be aware of briefcases or purses in restaurants when placed on the floor or hung on the back of a chair.
  • Keep car doors locked and windows up while driving.
  • Do not roll down windows to give money to beggars.