Whether you’re enjoying a cozy getaway in the suburbs, partying in the metropolis or vacationing in the dreamy beaches in Mexico you must always keep your guard up when it comes to personal safety! The rich, the poor, the smart of the oblivious; nobody is immune to pickpockets hunting for their next victim. But fret not! Follow these recommended steps to keep your wallet and belongings safe from wandering thieves.
While it may get difficult for tourists to spot the average pickpocket in huge crowds, here are some tips to help identify thieves by noticing a few determining characteristics that will make them easier to spot and ultimately-dodge. Pickpockets are notorious for working in groups; one to two members will distract you or converse with you with their accomplice will rob you swiftly and walkway smiling nonchalantly. Beware of the child pickpockets as their innocent demeanor will make it hard for you to suspect them, and they use that as a weapon against unsuspecting foreigners! Well-dressed and seemingly normal, pickpockets master the art of blending in with their surroundings to not raise any eyebrows; treat carefully! Avoid taking out your bag/purse and belongings in overly crowded areas such as public transports, malls, tourist attractions, etc. Blown away by a delectable meal at a restaurant? The pickpocket will use your lack of vigilance to steal your wallet and disappear before you swallow the first morsel. Hence, you must excursive extra caution in populated destinations.
Your best bet would be to stay alert and assertive instead of acting like a wide-eyed tourist to intimidate the pickpockets into thinking you’re a local awareness of their tricks. Secure your backpacks and purses around people and do not carry excessive cash in case the pickpocket successfully robs you of your fortune. Always keep a copy of your valuable documents and avoid carrying all your money in one place.
All being said, don’t let these petty thieves keep you from traveling around the world and enjoying each moment of it!