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Security issues are at an all-time high. All venues, residential housing, and transportation will be highly secure. Plans for security include accreditation inspection, magnetometers and x-ray equipment, perimeter fencing around the Village and a full security detail on site at all times. American tourists have not experienced any problems while travelling in Finland. Helsinki is consideration a safe city with a low crime rate. Because we are Americans we must always be aware of our surroundings even in a city that is as safe as Helsinki. The following are a few safety tips:

  • Athletes and team staff should not wear any clothing identifying themselves as American citizens when outside of secured areas. National Team gear should only be worn in the Village, at the practice tracks, at the competition stadium and when participating in official National Team functions such as opening/closing ceremonies and press conferences.
  • Most incidents in Helsinki occur when young adults drink heavily. Athletes should avoid crowds of young adults near night clubs.
  • Athletes should avoid the underground train system and parks at night.
  • Use the buddy system at all times.
  • Leave expensive jewelry, electronic equipment etc at home.
  • Never leave bags and personal items unattended.
  • Carry small amounts of currency.
  • Be aware of suspicious persons and report them to a member of the team staff.
  • Be alert, aware of your surroundings and use caution when talking to strangers.
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