Don't Fall Victim To Pickpockets
It seems we all need to carry more of our personal possessions
around with us these days.
Cash in your wallet or purse; checkbooks, credit cards, personal
organizers and mobile phones are just some of the everyday items
that are sorely missed if they are stolen.
All these possessions might seem invaluable, but according to
the police the best advice for hanging on to your possessions is
"only take what you need with you".
They suggest you learn to minimize the amount of possessions you
carry with you. If you don't need a camera with you, don't take
it and the same goes for cash and credit cards, only take what
cash you need and don't take all your credit cards with you,
just the ones that you are likely to use.
Keep your purse or wallet somewhere where you can feel it, such
as an inside jacket or trouser pocket. Pockets you can zip or
button are best. Check every now and then to make sure you still
have your wallet or purse on you, but don't make this too
obvious as pickpockets can spot you doing this.
Likewise, keep your mobile phone out of sight - in a zipped up
pocket is best. If you carry a bag, strap it across your chest
and keep hold of it, but at the same time, try not to look
overly cautious. Keep the zip or opening towards you. Be aware
that backpack style bags are especially vulnerable to thieves.
Do not leave your bag unattended in a public place, such as in a
pub, coffee bar or shop. If you're trying on shoes in a shop for
example, don't walk even a short distance away from your bag.
Keep it with you or ask the shopassistant to hold it for you.
Try to appear relaxed, but at the same time be thoughtful about
your surroundings. Pickpockets like busy streets and crowded
places, and someone bumping into you could well be a pickpocket.
If this happens, check you still have your things with you, but
again, don't make it too obvious that you're doing this.
If something is stolen, go to the nearest police station or call
the police. However don't ring using 911 unless you have
actually caught someone in the act and have managed to apprehend
them. Think carefully before chasing after someone or trying to
restrain a thief. The value of what they have stolen may be
minor compared to the consequences of being attacked. Always put
your own safety first.
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