Let’s be honest, tourist make easy target. We always have cash, we are trying to look everywhere at the same time, and we are always carrying way to many things. But by following these 10 simple rules you lessen the chance of that target being you.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. while looking or gawking keep an eye out around you. Those who are only looking up are the ones most targeted as they are not likely to see someone invading their personal space.
- Separate your funds into different areas so that you never showing a wad of cash or several cards at any one time.
- Don’t over dress. Avoid wearing lots of jewelry or name brand clothes. You are not being chased by the paparazzi so what you wear is not going to be important. Just dress comfortably.
- When carrying a purse, crossbody or backpack, make sure it has thick straps. This will prevent someone from easily slicing the straps and taking off. Also carry the bag portion in front of you, not behind you, to prevent someone from slicing your bag open and stealing the contents before you turn around.
- Some activities require you to use both hand such as looking at your travel books or making purchases. This makes you vulnerable to snatchers who will try and take your belongings. To deter them, make sure to keep your foot on your backpack/day bag or tote.
- If you plan on going out at night, make sure to have a buddy with you and try to stick to well-lit areas. Also, make sure to not over drink; a drunken target is an easy target.
- Be aware of local scams. A simple internet search of your travel destination will let you know what to be on the lookout for.
- Know where you are going. Plan your day in advance including the route you are going to take. Pulling out a map and looking around aimlessly is a good as announcing, “I am a tourist and would like to be robbed”.
- Men, keep your wallet in your front pocket. Women, place your wallet either in your front pocket or in the front pocket of your bag. The more distracted you are by looking in your bag, the less aware of your surrounding you become; making you more of a target.
- And last but not least, do not leave your cellphone/camera lying around. When not in use, put them back in your bag or in your pocket.
Although these things sound simple enough, they will definitely make a difference. Why not give yourself a leg up in having the best experience possible?
By Ninnette M. Aquino