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Holiday Security Reminder (December 21 2010)


WARDEN MESSAGE
U.S. EMBASSY LIBREVILLE, GABON
HOLIDAY SECURITY REMINDER
December 21, 2010

This Warden Message alerts U.S. citizens to the increase in crime throughout Gabon and São Tomé & Príncipe during the holiday season.   In the past weeks, there has been a drastic increase in burglaries affecting the expatriate community.  Criminals tend to prey upon those they perceive to be affluent; often this includes U.S. citizens.  Remain vigilant, stay current with media coverage of local events, and be aware of your surroundings at all times.  Historically, crimes involving theft of property, such as pick-pockets, burglaries, robberies, and home invasions increase during the holiday season.  In light of the increase in burglaries, we remind you to use all security measures such as locks and alarms, limit access to your residence to trusted individuals, and lock up valuables out of sight. 

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Libreville web site (http://libreville.usembassy.gov/ ).  You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Gabon (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1120.html) or  São Tomé & Príncipe(http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1010.html).  If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays). 

If you are going to live in or travel to Gabon or São Tomé & Príncipe, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP -https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ ).  If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date.  It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency. 

The U.S. Embassy in Libreville (http://libreville.usembassy.gov/) is located in Centre Ville on the Boulevard du Bord de Mer, and may be reached at (241) 76-20-03/04 during business hours.
For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call (241) 0738-0171 and ask to speak with the duty officer.