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. However, it is not only in the bustle of a crowd that pickpockets can strike; airports, restaurants and hotels are also at risk.
However, Sam Willan, global vice president of marketing for StudentUniverse (@StudentUniverse) says there are ways vacationers can reduce their risk of being targeted.
While travel insurance is arguably the best way to protect yourself in the event of theft, the type of luggage you choose to take on vacation can also play a key role.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Willan said: ‘There are a number of ways you can be better prepared and ‘protect your belongings from pickpocketing’.
“Our best advice would be to wear a shoulder bag with zippers and avoid keeping valuables in your pockets. Instead, put them in your bag.”
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Shoulder bags are particularly useful because they are difficult to snatch from your person. Carrying your bag on the front, rather than on your hip or slung behind you, can also prevent pickpockets from sneakily dipping 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 when you’re out on vacation is in the zippered pocket of a bag.
Mr Willan explained: “If you need to use your phone in public to help you get around, make sure it’s attached to your bag with a spring cord so people can’t grab it easily.
“We also suggest activating the ‘Find My’ app [iPhones] – it could save you a lot of trouble in the long run.”
Mr Willian added: “It’s also worth making sure your bag is labeled with your details in case the worst happens.
“If you want to be safer, we recommend investing in a smart luggage tracker – they use Bluetooth to track your luggage around the world, helping you know where your stuff is at all times.”
Regardless of the number of security measures taken by passengers, travel insurance is an invaluable asset.
Mr Willian said: “Travel insurance is extremely important. We cannot stress enough the importance of traveling with insurance, especially for any medical issues that may arise.
“When it comes to valuables, it gives travelers extra peace of mind that their items are covered in the worst-case scenario.”