With the Summer Olympic Games beginning on July 27, 2012, less than two weeks way, many will be headed to London, England to support their country, team, sport or favorite athletes.
International SOS, a company dedicated to international healthcare, medical assistance, and security services, has recognized and constructed key factors in keeping you safe and out of harm’s way during the festivities.
Plan Your Journey
Although the Underground, DLR and Overground will run extended services to accommodate an increased number of passengers, all lines are likely to experience heavy congestion during the Olympics. Lines that will be placed under particular strain include those serving the Olympic Park directly. To avoid “getting stuck in traffic,” allow plenty of time for journeys, especially across London. To avoid heavily, congested areas, plan routes and timings in accordance with the advice on dedicated Olympics travel websites. http://www.getaheadofthegames.com/) or http://www.tfl.gov.uk/)
Petty theft will be a particular concern on the City’s busy public transport network, especially at heavily congested tube and rail stations, and in crowded public spaces, including those popular with tourists. Likely hot spots include main network rail stations and locations popular with tourists. Olympic events outside London may also experience higher-than-average levels of petty crime, particularly around transport hubs and routes to and from football matches.
Always Avoid Protests and Demonstrations
Activist groups such as Occupy London and/or labor unions such as Unite may use the Olympics as a platform to demonstrate their opposition to a variety of issues, including cuts to salaries and pension and education reforms. Both groups have threatened to stage strikes and demonstrations during the Games, though it remains unclear if they act on such threats.
Be Alert and Always Follow Instructions Should an Incident Occur
It’s important to remain vigilant during the Games and contact the authorities if you see any suspicious activity. There is likely to be an uptake of bomb hoaxes and other false security alerts in the lead-up to and during the Olympics, which can be very disruptive, but it’s again important to alert the local authorities as soon as you have noticed anything out of the ordinary.
International SOS maintains, following these basic steps will reassure a safe, enjoyable and exciting excursion to one of the most historic competitions in the world!