Make Yourself PickPocket Proof

It’s happened. One of the things that travelers worry about most is pickpockets. Fortunately there are things you can do to protect yourself and your valuables from pickpockets. Here they are.

  • Use money belt to carry your most important valuables (passport, credit cards, ID’s, money etc). Don’t take it out in public, the point is that thieves don’t know you are using one.
  • Carry an extra decoy wallet that contains outdated credit cards and IDs, old receipts and some cash. If you ever get mugged, you can give the mugger your decoy wallet.
  • Avoid carrying anything in your back pockets (pants) or anything valuable in your outer pockets (bags, purses, backpacks).
  • Carry with you only the cash you need for the day. Leave excess cash at home, a locker or a hotel safe.
  • Avoid counting your money in public. You don’t want to advertise how much is on you and where you kept it.
  • Carry your bag/purse across your chest or tucked directly beneath your arms. What you don’t want is a bag with a really long strap.
  • Avoid giving money to pan handlers. They might snatch they money from you as soon as you take out your wallet.
  • Wear something with a concealed inner pocket if you don’t want to carry a bag in public (or sew your own).
  • Never leave your valuables unattended or hanging on the back of a chair, especially when you are dining.
  • Avoid as much as possible looking like a clueless tourist.
  • Carrying a camera, laptop or video equipment. Don’t make it so obvious.
  • Use a small combination lock to close the zippers on your bag/backpack for extra precaution. Also with a combination lock you won’t have to worry about losing your key.

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