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Surveillance

Foreign travel can sometimes attract attention from government security services and other entities who are interested in finding out more about you and the purpose of your trip. Occasionally, surveillance is used to target individuals for crime, such as robbery. Travelers who spend a substantial amount of time in countries whose relationship with the U.S. is strained (e.g. Cuba, China, Russia, etc.) and fail to vary their daily routine or cause attention to themselves are at a higher risk for surveillance.

There are two main types of surveillance: fixed and mobile. Fixed surveillance usually involves a stakeout and/or the electronically monitoring of activities. Mobile surveillance is conducted on-the-move in the form of a walk-by, drive-by, or the following of a target. 

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