Many travelers worry about theft when they’re traveling, and purse-snatching, pickpocketing, and muggings are all much more common in places where tourists gather – even back home.
It’s important to remember, however, that thieves very much prefer an easy target. If you’re jetlagged, dragging a designer bag, and loaded down with jewelry and expensive clothing, you’re gonna stick out like a beacon to thieves.
By transforming yourself into a not-so-easy target you’re much less likely to robbed, and if you are robbed, you’re much less likely to be in a spot where you can’t recover.
Here are 16 tips to outsmart thieves when you travel: 6 are pre-trip tips and 9 are tips you can implement while on your trip, and 1 is critical when you return.
One of the best ways to avoid travel theft is by limiting your vulnerability rather than putting limits on your travel plans.
Prior to your trip, take some smart steps to minimize your loss in case of theft:
Now, let’s move on to how to protect yourself while on your trip.
While on your trip, exercise adequate discretion to limit the crimes of convenience, and avoid putting yourself into risky positions and your travel should be about as dangerous as a trip to the supermarket. Don’t travel in fear, just be cautious and aware.
Here are the tips to implement while on your trip to limit your risk of theft:
The one tip to outwith thieves when you get back home is to keep a close eye on the accounts linked to the cards you used on your trip. Sometimes your credit card number will be sold and you’ll see strange purchases show up after you return – when you’re least expecting it.
One final thing to remember is to keep it in perspective. So you let your guard down and a scoundrel ran off with your camera – it’s not the end of the world.
Sure, it ruined your day, you lost a bunch of perfect shots, and you have to buy a new one. On the other hand and depending on where you’re traveling, the thief may sell it for a week’s worth of living expenses and feed their family. You go home, make a claim on your insurance, and it’s all good. Not perfect, but good.
Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and is a licensed agent for travel insurance (MA 1883287). He believes travel insurance should be easier to understand, and started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.