SAFETY GUIDELINES

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We are looking forward to having the CBG Family together in New Orleans, but your safety is of the upmost importance to us. Please read through our safety guidelines thoroughly to ensure you stay safe and travel smart during our time in New Orleans together!

A wild and wonderful city, full of cultural and unique food flavors, New Orleans should definitely be on your travel itinerary. However, like many places in the world, it is important to travel smart and have your guard up: New Orleans is not a theme park. To help your trip go smoothly, review these safety tips for traveling to New Orleans below…

● Only wear badges on the show floor, at events organized by CBG and at private events related to the show. Always remove your badge when leaving the show floor and events.

● Don’t share that you work with high-value merchandise especially to strangers such as service workers, other hotel guests or staff, taxi drivers, etc.

● Even if you are not carrying or wearing merchandise, be cautious about carrying any swag or marketing collateral that could make it obvious for a criminal that you work with jewelry or other high value merchandise.

● Be on alert when returning to your hotel room that you are not being followed. Contact hotel security immediately, if you feel unsafe.

● If you see or suspect any suspicious activity – always alert show organizers, security and any onsite law enforcement.

● Choose to uber over walking at night – Most of New Orleans is safe for walking, but you should avoid poorly lit areas and specific neighborhoods. If you are out and about after the sun goes down, choose to uber over using public transportation. 

● Try to blend in – Tourists can stick out like sore thumbs, making them more vulnerable to petty crime. Don't wear flashy jewelry—Wearing expensive, flashy jewelry is one sure way to make yourself an obvious target for robbery.

● Stay aware of your surroundings, you should always pay attention to what is going on around you, whether you are in a crowded tourist spot or walking down an empty street.

● Would-be offenders often seek out people who are distracted or disengaged from their surroundings to target. Scan the environment: Look for well-lit streets and areas you feel safe. Select routes that are the shortest between your destination and hotel or conference center. Be leery of people who are overly friendly in wanting to be of help or offering you a deal. Be careful of con games and scams – If you are approached by someone who wants to clean your shoes, show you a card trick, anything like that, politely decline and keep walking.

● Guard your drink: If you leave your drink on the table or bar unguarded even for a few minutes — say the time it takes to visit the bathroom — throw it away. There are people who look for opportunities to spike anybody's drink.

● Drink responsibly, probably the most important tip when not in a familiar setting.

● Be smart about your money, Never keep all of your money in one place. Keep cash and credit cards in two or three different places, so that if one of your stashes is stolen you are not left completely empty-handed.

● Use the right bag: Cross-body bags are safer than shoulder or hand bags and can prevent people from grabbing your bag as they run or drive by. There are many bags made specifically for travelers with features such as slash-proof straps, RFID blockers, and locking zippers. Invest in a good bag that suits your needs and preferences.

● Ask locals for advice - when you check in at the hotel ask for recommendations about which neighborhoods are safe and which are not so safe and mark places to avoid. Trust your instincts. If someone or some place is making you uncomfortable, there is most likely a reason. Often our subconscious picks up on things that we are not consciously aware of = Listen to those feelings to help you stay safe.

 

We hope you have a great show and enjoy New Orleans!

The CBG Team