How to avoid travel theft.
Travel resources contain many stories about thefts in different cities and countries, which scares off potential tourists. However, there are different ways to maximize protect yourself and save money and valuables from robbers …
How to avoid travel theft. Unevious lifehacks
In every popular tourist town, there are scammers and robbers. They tear down bags from tourists, get into pockets and just extort money in all possible and impossible ways. Now all the historical centers are patrolled by the police, there is a tourist police in large settlements. Tourists face thefts less and less. But there are several good ways to help save nerves and resist the popular methods of theft and divorce.
1. Backpack instead of a bag with short handles
A backpack is a necessary thing if you are going to independently explore new places. Best of all is a roomy, sporty model with comfortable inside pockets, which is hand-held in size. Robbers in popular tourist cities are often pulled out of their hands and ripped off their bags with short handles, while ripping a backpack from the back is impossible. It is also convenient because you can put all the shopping bags in it and free your hands. In crowded places it is better to put a backpack on the chest. Also, do not wear a belt bag: pickpockets know that money and documents are stored there. Money can be kept in a small postman bag with a long strap over the shoulder.
In crowded places it is better to put a backpack on your chest.
2. Soft textile wallet
Even if you are accustomed to your favorite Montblanc wallet made of genuine crocodile leather, it is undesirable to take it on a journey and fill it with national currency: it immediately catches the eye of pickpockets who carefully watch the tourists near the souvenir shops. In addition, a hard wallet is easily felt in a bag and goes through a slit in the fabric. Instead of a wallet, it is better to use a cheap flat cosmetic bag on a lock that holds bills in the unfolded form. This is not very convenient, given the fact that the coins are in the same compartment with the bills, but robbers do not attract such purses: they are sure that there is practically no money there. Just in case, remove the wallet in your inner pocket or on the bottom of a backpack and do not check every ten minutes for its presence with a panic in the eyes. And, of course, do not carry with you all the available cash – money should be kept in a safe or in the secret pocket of your pocket.
Cheap flat cosmetic cosmetics on the lock
3. Lock on the suitcase
Sometimes guests of hotels and guest houses complain that their staff has been robbed. You should not trust such reviews: it is possible that unscrupulous tourists want to get revenge on the owners in this way. The owners of the properties highly value their reputation and want to get high marks and positive reviews on Booking, Agoda, TripAdvisor: a large number of guests will bring them a much higher income than the stolen iPhone of the latest model.
But, if you do not have a safe in the room and a combination lock on the suitcase, take as security a small lock with keys that can be easily put on the lightning pawls. Hang one lock on the suitcase and take the key with you. The second lock can be hung on a backpack. The key in this case is convenient to carry around your neck instead of the suspension.
Small locks with keys that are loosely attached to zipper dogs
4. Neutral clothing
Experienced robbers easily distinguish expensive branded clothing from the mass market. In their understanding, a dearly dressed person always has a lot of money with him. When traveling, it is better not to demonstrate your high status and financial status. The subject of your pride may entail increased interest from the representatives of the lower strata of the local community. It is better not to wear clothes with screaming labels, gold jewelry and watches for a walk around popular tourist sites: you should not strive to cause envy. It is not necessary to buy things for a trip to the cheapest stores – just choose neutral things of sports or urban style.
Neutral sporty or urban style
5. Attention when paying
Often thefts are committed after making any payment by the buyer. Pickpockets are waiting for their victims near the cash registers and watch where they put the wallet. At this point, you can not be distracted by talking, and the wallet must be hidden deeper, especially if there is a person of dubious appearance nearby. And when someone comes very close and does not leave you alone, it is better to pay for the purchase from the card. If you often travel, it is advisable not to take a plastic card with contactless technology payWave or PayPass: until you find a loss and get through to the bank, someone can already use your money.
If you often travel, it is advisable to pay with a bank plastic card. 6. Caution in dealing with local
In many countries, fraudsters use special techniques to deceive tourists. On the streets and in bars, attractive people come to lonely men and women (more rarely to couples) and, at first glance, make a harmless acquaintance. Then they are invited to a cafe or club, they order food and alcohol for themselves and their victims, and when it comes time to pay, they disappear. The naive tourist has to pay huge bills on his own. During travel, unforeseen situations occur when you have to seek help from the locals. In this case, it is better to turn to middle-aged married couples of a prosperous type, and the offers of dating and flirting on the part of young people and girls should be ignored. Tales of love at first sight and for life are excluded here.
Do not give in to emotions and always be guided only by common sense.
Also, do not use the services of obsessive street taxi drivers – in every country there are official taxi services.
These recommendations are universal for any country and any city. But on a trip there can be completely unpredictable situations, and, in order not to be left without a single cent, do not be emotional and always be guided by common sense.