How to Avoid Pickpockets While Traveling
Listed below are a few tips to help you protect yourself from criminals while traveling:
- Carry as little money on your person as possible. Wear minimal amounts of jewelry, do not bring all of your credit cards, and if you have expensive equipment such as a camera, keep your hand or eye on it at all times.
- Never carry your wallet or credit card case in your rear trouser pocket, or in your inside jacket pocket. Your front trouser pockets are much safer; a money belt is safest.
- If you carry a purse, use a single-entry model with a zip closure. It is also recommended to keep your purse in your lap while dining.
- Do not trust people who "look honest."
- Be especially careful of anyone in uniform, or anyone who claims some sort of authority. Never let a "hotel inspector" into your room.
- Never accept a stranger's offer of a service, such as telling your fortune or shining your shoes.
- Know where you are going. Looking lost can make you look like an easy target.
- Be especially careful in airports, train stations, and on public transport.