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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Security Seminar Saturday

The U.S. Embassy will a hold day-long seminar on personal security Saturday even as Moscow City Police are reporting that crime against foreigners is on the decline. Despite the statistics, officials said that foreign residents are increasingly anxious about everything from racketeering to gypsy muggings. In response, the embassy, the American Chamber of Commerce and the Americom Business Centers planned the free conference, which begins at 9:30 A.M. and continues until 2 P.M. in the Americom auditorium at the Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel, said Bob Schenk, deputy director of the chamber. A Russian police representative and U.S. Embassy staff will speak on topics including traveling safely and thwarting apartment crime, he said. "The foreign community here is very interested in security issues both from the business and personal sides," Schenk said. "We're trying to address the same kind of issues you would find in New York," such as identifying dangerous neighborhoods for muggings, deciding whether to carry Mace or a gun, and buying steel doors. An embassy official will also speak about health care and medical emergencies, he said. He said that a second seminar will be held in the fall to address those thornier issues, including coping with extortion attempts and protecting electronic data. The auditorium seats 550, and while American citizens and staff of American-owned companies are specifically invited, all foreign residents would be welcome, a spokesman for the Americom Business Centers, Sean Wood, said. U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering said in a speech in February he feared the fear of crime may deter U.S. business investment.