Fear of Getting Robbed
There is something about going abroad that leads travelers to believe that there are con artists on every corner scoping out your valuables, which is just not true. Of course in rare cases it can happen, so you should be aware that most crooks on the streets are looking for an easy target. Don’t be one of them.
Targets of robberies are typically those who are distracted, carrying expensive equipment, or who leave their belongings unattended, which is why tourists are at a higher risk. Crime can happen anywhere, but pickpockets are statistically known to be more likely to take place in the crowded touristy sections of town; these are the areas you need to be the most cautious. You can go out and purchase expensive anti-theft pants and money belts, but by using common sense and taking simple safeguards, your odds of being a target will severely lessen.
TIPS TO HAVE A SAFE TRIP
21. Be Alert
Stay alert, most petty crimes happen when people are distracted. Let’s face it, as tourists we can easily be distracted by beautiful attractions or the smell of street food. Enjoy the local sites, but try to stay aware of who and what are around you.
22. Have Backup Money
Keep emergency cash and a credit card in a separate location. This way if your purse or wallet gets stolen you will have backup. I always hide a little cash and a backup card at the hotel just in case! Thank goodness I’ve never had to use it.
23. Limit the Cash You Carry
Don’t carry a lot of money with you, just take what you need for the day.
24. Store Valuables Properly
Keep your valuables in zippered, hard-to-reach pockets. Many cell phones are stolen because women will keep them in an unzipped part of their handbag.
25. Be Careful with Jewelry
Flashy diamonds can draw the attention of thieves, so think twice about what you wear when on a trip. I always wear a simple gold band that I bought in Japan for $50, instead of my diamond wedding ring. Etsy has some really cute and economical bands.
26. No Back Pockets
Don’t keep your phone or wallet in your back pocket. This is an easy target for someone!
27. Use the Hotel Safe
Use the hotel safe for your valuables instead of leaving them lying around in the hotel room. It is there for your protection and there is definitely no guarantee that your accommodations will take any responsibility for stolen property.
28. Be Cautious in Restaurants
Don’t put your purse on the back of your chair or leave your cell phone lying visible on a table while dining at a restaurant. This is especially true if you are eating on the patio of a street-side café where someone passing by could easily swipe your valuables.
29. Keep Your Purse in View
When you are walking the streets, wear your purse in front of you.
30. Be Confident
Walk confidently and stay focused. When you need to look at a map, find a safe location away from the crowd.
31. Make Copies of Your Passport
Leave one at home and take one with you, storing it in a different location than the original. You can also take a photo of it to keep on your phone. If you lose your passport, you will want to make sure to be able to prove your citizenship.
32. Record All Valuables
Make a list and take photos of the valuables (include make, model, and serial numbers) that you are bringing in case they need to be given to the police or your insurance company. It’s also helpful to take a photo of your luggage in case it gets lost at the airport.
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33. Buckle Up
When a seatbelt is provided use it! I buckle up whenever there is an opportunity to do so, even when I’m on a bus.
34. Carry the Hotel Business Card
Either grab your hotels business card or record the address on your phone for taxi drivers. If there is a language barrier it will be much easier to show the driver an address then to speak it.
35. Set Credit Card Alerts
Inform your bank and credit cards where you’ll be traveling, so they are aware of what charges may occur.
Most importantly don’t let fear keep you from traveling and living your dreams. All these travel safety tips will help you to feel safer, but don’t obsess about things going wrong.