Tourists can be a prime target for pickpockets in busy holiday destinations, with some popular cities around the world notorious for thieves roaming the streets. It’s not just in the midst of a crowd, however, that pickpockets can strike; airportsrestaurants and hotels are also at risk.
Sam Willan, global vice president of marketing for StudentUniverse (@StudentUniverse) says there are ways vacationers can reduce their risk of being targeted.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Willan said: “There are a few ways you can better prepare and make your belongings ‘pickpocket proof’.
“Our top tip would be to wear a crossbody bag with zippers and not leave valuables in your pockets. Zip them away in your bag instead.”
Crossbody bags are particularly useful because they are difficult to take from your person. Carrying your bag in front, rather than on your hip or behind you, can also keep pickpockets from sneaking their hand into it.
Cell phones are a particular target for pickpockets, especially if you leave them in a jacket pocket or the back pocket of your jeans. The best way to store your phone while on vacation is in the zip pocket of a purse.
Willan explains: “If you have to use your phone in public to get around, make sure it’s attached to your bag with a spring cord so people can’t easily grab it from you.
“We also recommend turning on the Find My app [iPhones] – it can save you a lot of hassle in the long run.”
Mr Willian added: “It is also worth making sure your bag is labeled with your contact details in case the worst should happen.
“If you want to be extra safe, we recommend investing in a smart luggage tracker – they use Bluetooth to track your luggage around the world, so you can always determine where your belongings are.”
No matter how many security measures passengers take, travel insurance is invaluable.
Mr Willian said: “Travel insurance is extremely important. We cannot stress enough how important it is to travel with insurance, especially for any medical issues that might arise.
“When it comes to valuable items, it gives travelers that extra peace of mind that their items are covered in all worst-case scenarios.”