For recreational/social outings, try to go in a group. Inform someone of your plans and estimated time of return.
Carry your STRI ID and your passport or copy of your passport including the page with the entry stamp.
Do not carry large sums of money. Take only what you need for taxis, meals, etc. Limit the number of credit cards you carry.
When calling a taxi, ask the dispatcher to provide you with the number of the unit assigned to you. Verify that the number matches before boarding. Do not take a taxi, if the license plate number is not written on the doors.
If you drive a car, plan your route in advance, use familiar roads, take a good map, and stay aware of your location at all times.
If you are involved in a collision, report the accident to STRI-OPS Control Room (212-8911/8211). If you feel that your security/safety could be compromised, do not get out of your vehicle and consider driving to a more secure public area.
If no one is severely injured, and the vehicle can be moved, Panamanian law requires the drivers to clear the road and fill out the “Formato Único y Definitivo para Colisiones menores ” that should be in the gloves compartment of all STRI vehicles.
While on the street, use common sense;
Observe your surroundings.
Travel in groups.
Be smart – in the event of a robbery, cooperate with assailants rather than resist them.