A victim of a crime abroad is encouraged to report the crime to the local police and obtain a copy of the police report. It’s helpful for local authorities to know when and where crimes happen to foreigners so that they can improve their efforts to detect and capture criminals. Also, such information can be used to warn future travelers about criminals’ tactics or targets.
In some locations, however, incidents that are considered crimes in the U.S. might not be considered crimes abroad. Also, in certain countries, travelers may not find local authorities very understanding or sympathetic to victims. If unsure, contact Risk Management or a trusted on-site individual for advice.
If valuable items were stolen, such as a laptop or other electronic devices, a copy of a police report will be required by your property insurance carrier should you wish to file a claim.
Special information is available for travelers who experience sexual misconduct abroad.