We hate the life style a pickpocket has chosen. They are sneaky, tretcherous and not to be trusted with anything. It is difficult for an honest and trustworthy person to know how to keep from becoming a victum of pickpocketing. We can help deter pickpockets when we become armed with knowledge about how they work.
PICK POCKETS GENERALLY WORK IN PAIRS! Arm yourself with the knowledge that while one person distracts you in some way, the other may pick your pocket. It could be something as simple as a smile and a "hello," asking a question or paying a compliment.
PICK POCKETS TEND TO STAND CLOSER TO THEIR VICTUMS THAN NEEDED OR EXPECTED. We all have built in radar that silently goes off when someone gets too close to our "personal space." Pay attention to this particularly when you are out in public. If you are being pushed or shoved in a crowd...pay close attention to your purse or billfold!
PICKPOCKETS OFTEN CARRY A NEWSPAPER TO CONCEAL THEIR STOLEN GOODS. If a stranger carrying a newspaper or magazine comes within your view, immediately get into a self protective mode and watch closley.
If you know you are going to be in a crowd or in an environment that you are not familiar with, never carry your billfold in your pocket.
Try to avoid carrying a purse, especially a shoulder bag, if at all feasible, but if you have to carry a purse keep it zipped unless you are getting into it. Hold your purse under your arm in public places and when walking to and from your car. Also, when walking with two othe people, keep the your purse between the two of you.
These are all great tips! Thanks for posting!
Thanks for the info on pickpockets. H5
Great list, thank you, H5!
High5 - Important info for travelers.
Someone tried to pickpocket my niece at the Eiffel Tower and was so bold he almost did it right in front of her, while talking! This list creates great awareness ... thanks!
We need to watch out, especially in a crowd.
Such a helpful list to be cautious of pickpocketers with your warnings. It is sometimes difficult to think like these people do so your list is beneficial.
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