Pickpocketing skills can make a big impression. Virtually every major city is the arena for their infamous activities, so you have to work hard to protect yourself from theft from them. Many of the techniques used by pickpockets are almost impossible to detect, but if you are allergic to these situations, we can effectively prevent you from losing your wallet or other valuables. Do not be fooled by those who think that the only victims of skillful thieves are those who carry their wallets almost on top. For an experienced pickpocket, it is not a problem to steal a wallet from the bottom of a handbag or even a watch from a hand. What should you pay attention to?
Top tips on how to avoid pickpockets:
- Take precautions before you leave.
- Beware of crowded places.
- Keep spare cash where no one would suspect to find it.
- Be careful around warning signs about pickpockets.
- Wear pickpocket-proof clothing.
- Keep your priority items to a minimum.
- Always look back.
- Anchor your purse or pack
- Stash your cash in multiple places.
- Use technology.
- Use a money belt or neck stash.
Keep your money safe
Don't carry a lot of cash in your wallet. The best thing to do is to avoid carrying a lot of money with you at all and settle in shops cashless, by credit card or phone. A file of banknotes noticed in your wallet will certainly catch the thief's eye, and he will do everything he can to strip you of it. If you need to have more cash with you, put it in several places, e.g. in several pockets, bags and jackets. Even if you can't protect yourself from theft, you won't lose all your money.
Watch out for artificial crowding
Pocket thieves rarely attack random passers-by. Previously, the victim is observed, often even for a long time. A thief is able to follow you for a few minutes to wait for a better chance to attack. When you get on a crowded bus, you'll be busy finding your ticket in a hurry, and this is the best time to steal from you. Your attention will be focused on avoiding a ticket and not on being robbed. Be suspicious even if someone asks you for directions or "accidentally" bumps into you. She may be a beautiful young woman who will charmingly start coquetting you and, in the meantime, her friend will deprive you of your phone and your wallet. Be alert.
Don't make it easy to steal
Sometimes we can only blame ourselves because we owe it to ourselves. If you put your phone on top of your purse because "you need to have it at hand" to look at every 2 minutes on Facebook, you are asking yourself to steal it. No pickpocket will miss such an opportunity to get rich quickly and painlessly. If you are a man and carry a wallet in the back pocket of your trousers, you also give the spoils to the thief on a tray. In such cases, even the most clumsy thief will be able to steal from you unnoticed. Make it harder for him to do his job and put valuable items in inner pockets or those that are hard to reach, such as tight and zippered pockets. If he sees such obstacles, the thief will be effectively discouraged and will stop trying to steal.