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How can I protect myself?

Counterfeit Currency
- Do not make any 'money deals' in the street
- Exchange banknotes only in banks or Bureaux
  de Change.
- Tips, how to detect counterfeit currency, can be
  found on the website of the Austrian National

Credit Card Fraud
- Make sure that your credit card is always
  returned to you after completion of the payment.
- Never pass on credit card receipts containing
  your data to another person.
- Learn your PIN-code by heart, or mask your
  PIN-code as telephone number in your
  cell-phone or address-book. Do not keep your
  PIN-code together with your ATM-card or credit
- When you enter your PIN-code, make sure
  not to be watched when typing the numbers on
  the PIN-pad. Use your hand or a bag as a
  protection against being watched.
- If you notice anything unusual about the
  cash-terminal, please inform the police
- Should you lose your ATM-card or credit card,
  have it cancelled immediately. The phone-
  number to be used for reporting card loss or
  theft are attached to the ATM-terminals. Also
  report the loss to the police immediately.

- Never place your wallet in your back pocket.
  Rather use a neck-pouch, a firmly closed bag, a
  money-belt, or a purse attached to your belt.
- Cash, ATM-cards and credit cards are best kept
  in firmly closed inside pockets of your clothing.
- Do not carry any valuable items unless
  absolutely necessary.
- Make copies of your travel documents, and
  keep the originals in a safe place (e.g. hotel
  safe). Should your documents be lost or stolen
  nevertheless, report the loss or theft to the next
  police station.
- Handbags and rucksacks should always be
  closed, and best worn on the front side of your
- Always keep an eye on your bags, valuables,
  and rucksacks.
- If you have despite all caution fallen victim to
  theft, immediately inform the police if there were
  witnesses, name them.

Other points to be noted!

Following weapons must not be carried into Austrian football stadia or to any other public events (e.g. Public Viewing): firearms, knives, batons, and knuckle-dusters. Do not take any self-defence weapons with you either, as perpetrators might turn them against you, which could only increase their violence potential.

It is also forbidden to let off fireworks and other pyrotechnical articles, e.g. “Bengal Fire“, in the stadia. Even the slightest contact might cause severe burns.

Traffic participants need to be aware that the maximum permitted blood alcohol level is 0.5 pro mille. For your own safety, the police recommend 'don't drink and drive', rather use public transport instead.

In Austria, import, acquisition, possession and dealing in illicit drugs (heroin, opium, cocaine, hashish, marihuana, LSD, amphetamines, ecstasy, or any other biogenic drugs, such as hallucinogenic mushrooms) is liable to prosecution. Hence, driving under the influence of drugs is forbidden. Penalties range from fines to withdrawal of the driving licence.


Security forces deployed during the EURO 2008

During the EURO 2008, around 27,000 police officers, including WEGA, EKO-Cobra, and riot police, will be deployed. 170 officers are so-called ‘spotters’ (scene experts) who will be in direct contact with the supporters to keep an eye on them.

Apart from officers from the Police Commands of the provinces where the host cities (Vienna, Klagenfurt, Salzburg, Innsbruck) are located, officers from other provinces will also be deployed. In addition, there is a special pool of especially equipped operational officers that can be transferred quickly.

The operational units are further supported by 850 German colleagues. They will mainly be deployed in Klagenfurt, Salzburg, and Innsbruck. Police officers from other competing countries will also support Austrian forces.


Security precautions in the host cities

The UEFA has issued Stadium Rules for the European Football Championship 2008, which inter alia regulates access control, and lists which items may be carried into the stadium and which not. Pursuant to UEFA’s safety regulations, sale or serving of alcohol is prohibited (except in the V.I.P. zones)

Besides, the Federal Ministry of the Interior was involved in the planning of the construction of new stadia, and in the upgrading of the existing stadia. Hence, all issues of importance to the police (control rooms, command centres and CCTV-systems) have been taken into account.


Security precautions in the Public-Viewing areas and the fan zones?

In principle, the organisers are responsible for safety and security in the Public-Viewing areas and in the fan zones, using the services of private security companies, and having to meet the requirements issued by the security authorities. The safety precautions in the Public-Viewing areas are supposed to be identical with those of the stadia. In the run-up to the EURO 2008, the Federal Ministry of the Interior has offered special training courses, and has – jointly with the provinces – developed recommendations (see 3. Organisers and Tradespeople).


Police measures against violent fans

The police will apply the „3D-philosophy“ even when dealing with violent fans by implementing the three stages: 1. dialogue, 2. de-escalation,
3. determination. A special policy is in place regarding violent fans.

Traffic participants must be aware that the maximum permitted blood alcohol level is 0.5 promille. For your own safety, the police recommend 'don't drink and drive', but rather use public transport instead.

Advance Information
Already in the run-up to the European Football Championship, all competing countries and neighbouring countries have been asked to provide Austria and Switzerland with information on offenders known for violence in connection with sports events, in compliance with bilateral and international agreements, following the model of the FIFA World Cup 2006 and other international football tournaments.

Hooligan Database
The so-called Hooligan Database contains data of persons who in the past had displayed violent behaviour at football matches and are expected to repeat doing so in the future. The data are available to each and every police officer in Austria.

Exit ban
In countries, where it is legally possible, an exit ban (prohibition to leave the country for the period in question) will be imposed against football fans known to the authorities for violence.

Entry ban
As the border controls are going to be re-installed temporarily and situation-dependent, individuals can be refused entry at the border under the Austrian Aliens Act.

No tickets
Tickets for the games are not sold to individuals who are on record for hooliganism.

No access to the stadia
Violent fans are denied access to the stadia. The legal basis has been provided by an amendment to the Austrian Code of Police Practice: hooligan database, individual warnings of hooligans, off-limits zones, and obligation to show up at a police-station at a given time.

Spotters (Football Scene Experts)
170 spotters (officers who are in direct contact with the fans and well familiar with the risk clientele), located at main venues (fan zones, stadium and vicinity, etc.) will identify violent fans. The officers have been monitoring so-called ‘risk fans’ weeks before the beginning of this major sports event.


What measures are taken to combat crime?

Close international cooperation agreements have been entered already during the planning stage. Special preparatory C.I.D.-measures have been taken focusing in particular upon pick-pocketing, street crime, counterfeiting, property offences, smuggling of human beings/illegal migration, and drug-related crime. Austrian detectives and Liaison Officers from abroad will jointly make sure to have these types of criminal offences are dealt with thoroughly and quickly.


How well prepared is Austria for disasters?

Austria has a well-functioning nation-wide disaster management system including an excellent medical infrastructure. The host cities and the provinces have made additional comprehensive efforts to ensure security and safety of the EURO 2008, and to be well prepared for possible disasters. On match days, emergency staff of 500 will be available in Salzburg, Klagenfurt and Innsbruck, and more than 700 in Vienna to be able to cope with cases of mass casualties. Special attention is paid to ambulance services both for the stadia and the Public Viewing areas. All hospitals have set up adequate emergency schemes and will be able to increase their surge capacities during the EURO 2008. Furthermore, practical disaster management exercises have been held at all locations concerned.


Coordination with other emergency organisations?

Apart from high-ranking senior law enforcement officers, also members of the ambulance service, fire-brigade, crisis management of the provinces, UEFA, public transport, and the military commands will be represented in the Management and Command Staffs of the security authorities and the Operational Staffs of the Provincial Police Commands during the EURO 2008.


Who is responsible for what?

First and foremost, the host and the organiser of the European Football Championship, i.e. the Austrian Football Association and the company Euro 2008 SA (a subsidiary company of UEFA), are responsible for ensuring safety in the four stadia and their the immediate vicinity, in Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Klagenfurt, and the team accommodations. The stadia were handed over to UEFA on 12 May 2008.

Safety and security in the Public-Viewing areas (public areas, where the broadcast of matches can be watched on video walls) and the fan zones is to be ensured by the respective organiser and the private security companies who have to fulfil the conditions imposed by the security authorities.

Police will be present both in the stadia and the public-viewing areas and the fan zones, and will intervene should the need arise.

Outside the stadia, the Public-Viewing areas and the fan zones, public security is to be ensured by the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

Fire protection, ambulance, emergency assistance, management of major incidents, and defence against natural and civilizational dangers, lies within the purview of fire brigade, paramedics, civil defence and disaster management.


Entry visa regulations during the EURO 2008?

In order to facilitate entry into and stay in Austria and Switzerland for visitors from all over the world, special “EURO 2008 Schengen Visa“ have been introduced for the duration of the EURO 2008 that are valid also in Switzerland and in the principality of Liechtenstein. These visas are issued by the Austrian diplomatic representations. Further information can be found under


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