Location: Dighomi/Zurgovani areas, Tbilisi, Georgia
Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of a few suspicious incidents in the Dighomi and Zurgovani areas over the last month. These incidents involved unknown individuals asking young females to get into their vehicles. In one case, the police conducted an investigation. These incidents are good reminders that U.S. citizens in Georgia should exercise best practices to keep themselves safe. Please remember to identify and immediately report suspicious persons or vehicles to the police so that appropriate action can be taken. Don’t wait until the next day or until after the individual(s) leave(s).
Parents should also take the opportunity to talk to their children about dangerous situations and best practices. Children should understand what they should do when a stranger approaches them or asks them to get into the stranger’s car, and what to do after an incident like this takes place. Children should also be encouraged to share where they are going and how they are getting there, make “check-in” calls, walk with a friend, play in a group, and exercise common sense, etc.
Actions to Take:
- Keep a low profile.
- Notify friends and family of your safety.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Use caution when walking or driving at night.
- Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
- Review your personal security plans.
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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