Theft Pervention on your Holidays
Whilst you're enjoying your holidays there are certain things you need to look out for to ensure that you have the best holiday experience possible. Unfortunately one bad experience such as a theft of money or your passport could turn your holiday into a nightmare.
Below I have identified some things to look out for, as well as measures you can take in order to prevent this from happening to you.
It is important to keep track of all your belongings making sure you know where everything is. Assigning everything to its own place is a good idea. Avoid placing your wallet or belongings in the back pocket of your jeans or other vulnerable areas. The Inside pockets of your jacket or coat (if available) would most likely be your safest option.
Whilst on holidays you are confronted with crowds and crowded areas. This gives thieves and scam-artists the opportunity to strike. The best thing to do is avoid crowded areas as much as possible. If avoiding crowded areas isn't possible, you need to at least be aware of what's going on around you and also secure your wallet and personal belongings.
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A common place of theft is public transport. Occasionally trains, trams and buses can become jam-packed with passengers in a spilt of a second, giving thieves the opportunity to get very close to you and your valuables.
Shopkeepers and Cashiers
A very popular misconception is that the shopkeeper or cashier is honest or error-free. When buying souvenirs or items you need to keep a good memory of the prices or at least an approximate. Another good idea is to keep an eye on the cash register display to see what amounts are being scanned or input.
ATMs and Cash Withdrawals
When using an ATM you need to be very careful. Sometimes ATMs are tampered with and theft devices such as cameras and skimming machines are secretly installed. Inspect the machine and make sure it hasn't been tampered with. An excellent idea is to have a friend or partner stand back to back with you to keep an eye on any suspicious people lurking around.
Debit and Credit Cards
If you're using your credit or debit card whilst on holidays, it's best to keep track of your transactions via internet banking. You can also check with your bank or credit provider what services they provide which will assist you on your travels. Some banks offer a free SMS alert service which lets you know as soon as a charge has been made on your card.
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The Beach and Swimming Pools
When off to the beach or swimming pool, you need to make sure you have as little money and valuables as possible. Whilst swimming in the water the chances are you've forgotten to keep an eye on your belongings, which can disappear in a matter of seconds.
These are all things which you need to keep in mind on your next holiday to make sure your holiday remains a positive experience!