The U.S. Embassy in Tirana informs U.S. citizens that on two separate occasions over the past week, three women were approached by a male subject who exposed himself and performed a lewd act in their presence. The incidents occurred along a secluded path east of the artificial lake in Tirana. The subject was described as a male between 18-25 years old. The U.S. Embassy has notified the Albanian Police about both incidents.
The U.S. Embassy urges all U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness, especially when in the vicinity of where these incidents occurred. As much as possible, you should attempt to stay on the main paths and avoid walking alone or after dark. You should pay special attention to your surroundings if you are wearing headphones or earbuds that would affect your ability to hear people around you.
All U.S. visitors or residents in Albania should be aware of their local security situation and review the U.S. Department of State’s Europe Travel Alert.
Specific safety concerns should be addressed to Albanian law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety of all visitors to Albania.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Albania’s Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Albania, located at Rruga Elbasanit Nr. 103, at +355-(0)-4224-7285, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +355-(0)-4224-7285.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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