5 Easy and Effective Tips to Avoid Pickpockets
You find yourself in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, enjoying that short, but hard-earned vacation time. Everything seems perfect, but all a pickpocket needs is one second to turn your sweet dream into a nightmare. Fortunately, most times, pickpocketing can be avoided by employing a few simple yet very effective tactics:
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Similar to the old saying â€“ â€œDonâ€™t put all your eggs in one basketâ€, this technique minimizes losses in case you become the victim of a skilled pickpocket. Most tourists keep their valuables in one place they consider safe, but one distraction can leave them penniless on the first day of their vacation.
The truth is, not even a small safe can protect you against a very able pair of hands, but if youâ€™re going to suffer a loss, why not make it as small as possible? By storing your valuables in more than one place, youâ€™re making sure you still have enough money left to enjoy your holiday, even in case of a successful pickpocket.
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Even if it goes against your friendly nature, try to be as suspicious as possible to everyone you donâ€™t know. Sure, seeing a complete stranger going out of his way to try and help you with your luggage seems pretty impressive, but 9 times out of 10 it just means their trying to rob you.
Some pickpockets pop out in front of you desperately asking you to look at a map, or a document. Theyâ€™re trying to distract you long enough for their accomplices to work their magic on your luggage, so make sure you politely decline, and keep walking.
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Pickpockets find their way to your wallet and valuables well enough on their own, but they wonâ€™t say â€œnoâ€ to a few free directions. One of the most common techniques to find out where you keep your small treasure, is to yell something like â€œWatch Out, thereâ€™s a pickpocket around!â€
Youâ€™re probably thinking thereâ€™s no way youâ€™d fall for something like that, but you wouldnâ€™t believe how many tourists reach for their safe place to protect or check if everything is in place. Thatâ€™s all the invitation pickpockets need, so make sure you refrain from such reactions.
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Traveling to a strange, new place can be an incredible experience, but it always helps to keep in mind that dangers lurk everywhere. Even if your vacation destination seems like the safest place on the planet, try to keep away from crowded places, thatâ€™s where pickpockets feel most in their element.
Sightseeing often has tourists lose their way, but itâ€™s always a good idea to stick to main streets and stay away from back-alleys. You never know whoâ€™s a few feet behind you, waiting for their chance to strip you of your belongings.
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Pickpockets are very good at what they do, some of them practicing this â€œtradeâ€ from a very young age, the last thing you want to do is make it easy for them. Never use your outer pockets to store cash or jewelry, keep high-tech gadgets out of sight, until the moment you need to use them.
When possible, keep your hands in your pockets, that will definitely keep any pickpocketâ€™s hands out. Always look around before using an ATM, thereâ€™s a good chance someoneâ€™s watching your every move.