Avoiding travel theft. Unobvious Lifehacks
Travel resources contain many stories about thefts in different cities and countries, which scares away potential tourists. However, there are different ways to protect yourself as much as possible and save money and valuables from the robbers …
In every popular tourist city, scammers and robbers hunt. They tear bags off tourists, climb into their pockets and simply extort money in every possible and impossible way. Now all the historical centers are patrolled by police, in large settlements there is a tourist police. Tourists face thefts less and less. But there are some good ways to help save your nerves and counter popular theft and divorce methods.
1. A backpack instead of a bag with short handles
A backpack is a necessary thing if you are going to explore new places on your own. A roomy sports model with comfortable inside pockets, which in size passes into hand luggage, is best suited. Robbers in popular tourist cities often snatch short-handled bags from their hands and rip off their shoulders, while tearing a backpack off their backs is impossible. It is also convenient in that you can put all the packages with purchases into it and free your hands. In crowded places, it is better to wear a backpack on your chest. Also, do not wear a waist bag: pickpockets know that money and documents are stored there. Money can be kept in a small postal bag on a long, durable shoulder strap.
In crowded places it is better to put a backpack on your chest
2. Soft textile wallet
Even if you are accustomed to your beloved Montblanc wallet made of genuine crocodile leather, it is undesirable to take it on a trip and stuff it with national currency: it will immediately catch the eye of pickpockets who carefully monitor tourists near souvenir shops. In addition, a hard wallet is easily felt in a bag and is taken out through an incision in the fabric. Instead of using a purse, it’s better to use a cheap flat textile makeup bag with a zipper on it, which can hold banknotes unfolded. This is not very convenient, given that the coins are in the same compartment as the banknotes, but such wallets do not attract robbers: they are sure that there is practically no money there. Just in case, clean the wallet in the inner pocket or on the bottom of the backpack and do not check every ten minutes for its presence with panic in the eyes. And, of course, do not carry all available cash with you – the money should be stored in a safe or in the secret compartment of your pocket.
Cheap flat textile makeup bag with zip closure
3. Lock on a suitcase
Sometimes guests of hotels and guest houses complain in reviews that the staff robbed them. Do not trust such reviews: it is possible that unscrupulous tourists in this way want to take revenge on the owners for something. Owners of accommodation facilities value their reputation very much and want to receive high ratings and positive reviews on Booking, Agoda, TripAdvisor: a large number of guests will bring them much higher income than the stolen iPhone of the latest model.
But, if you don’t have a safe in your room, and a code lock on your suitcase, take small locks with keys that can be easily put on zipper dogs for security. Hang one lock on a suitcase, and take the key with you. The second lock can be hung on a backpack. The key in this case is convenient to wear on the neck instead of the pendant.
Small locks with keys that are freely put on zipper dogs
4. Neutral clothing
Experienced robbers easily distinguish expensive branded clothing from the mass market. In their understanding, an expensively dressed person always has a lot of money with him. When traveling, it is better not to demonstrate their high status and financial position. Your pride may lead to increased interest on the part of the lower strata of local society. For a walk in popular tourist places, it is better not to wear clothes with screaming labels, gold jewelry and watches: you do not need to envy. It is not necessary to buy things for a trip in the cheapest stores – just choose neutral things of sports or urban style.
Neutral sports or urban
5. Carefulness when paying
Often, theft is committed after any payment by the buyer. Pickpockets wait for their victims near the cash desks and watch where they clean their wallet. At this point, you can’t be distracted by conversations, and the wallet needs to be hidden deeper, especially if there are persons of a dubious appearance nearby. And when someone comes very close and does not leave you alone, it is better to pay for a purchase from a card. If you travel often, it is advisable not to bring a plastic card with contactless payWave or PayPass technology: as long as you find a loss and get through to the bank, someone can already use your money.