Pickpockets do not usually openly display their intentions, which can make them difficult to spot. Moreover, they are often well-dressed, and blend in with the people around them. Here are a few hints that may help you identify them and avoid falling prey to them. Remember that your SoloMate Travel Director is always there to ensure all the necessary safety precautions are taken, and that you are always safer in a singles travel group than completely alone.
Obviously, if someone is staring at you or following you, immediately go to a safe, well-lit place. It is important to know that pickpockets do not usually work alone; rather, they operate in groups. A very popular strategy for these groups is to create chaos in order to momentarily distract their prey. If you notice some sort of altercation or commotion in the street, do not let your curiosity get the better of you; avoid it and continue on your way.
Beware if you suddenly find yourself surrounded by a group of people, even if it is a group of young women or children. Also, be careful if you get the impression that someone is trying to block your way. Some members of the group will box you in, while others steel your valuables.
Pickpockets have many tricks up their sleeves. For example, they know full-well that if they shout that they have been robbed, everyone will instinctively bring their hands to their wallets, thus showing them exactly where to find their loot.
In another popular strategy, the pickpocket pretends to trip, dropping his or her belongings. When you, trying to be a good samaritan, stop to help, the pickpocket steels your money or valuables. It is sad to say, but when you are on a singles vacation, forget about helping strangers. If someone looks like they need a hand, look for a police officer or let someone else help instead.
If someone spills a drink on your clothes, make sure you clean it up yourself. If the culprit is too helpful, odds are good he or she is out to rob you.
Always remain extra vigilant when you are in busy places, like train or bus stations, hotel lobbies, festivals or public markets.
No matter where you are, never leave your belongings unattended. Always carry them close to your body, making a pickpocket’s job more difficult. Furthermore, there are knapsacks, purses and fanny-packs with safety clips or locks, and some are even slash-proof. These items are well worth the investment if you are planning on purchasing new gear for your next solo or singles vacation.
Once again, remember that you are always safer travelling in a small group, and that your SoloMate Travel Director is always there to guide you and keep you as safe as possible.
Call SoloMate Travel now to enquire about our exciting singles vacations. You can reach one of our Travel Experts toll-free anytime at 1-855-290-7050. We also encourage you to visit our Trips page at http://www.solomatetravel.com.