One of the reasons why people are afraid to travel especially to certain places they are not really familiar with is that they are afraid of getting robbed. While this is completely understandable, there are quite a few things you can do to avoid getting robbed when traveling. This way you get to enjoy the different things that various places and people have to offer.
Here are some tips for you to ponder.
Pay close attention to the behaviour of locals. It is always a good idea to look at how locals go about their usual everyday lives. You have to be very observant about their actions especially on how they protect their belongings. Watch carefully how they carry their bags. If they hug it close in front of their bodies this usually means you’re in an area where there are a lot of pickpockets and robbers or any other lawless element. The same is true if they always bring their items with them everywhere they go and they never leave these unattended on a table or chair. These are usually telltale signs that the area is not safe for your belongings.
Be confident but not arrogant.
If you think you’re lost, don’t appear like one. If you look like you’re lost, you look like sheep just waiting for the big bad wolf. Be confident in your skills. Don’t show that you’re lost. If you have to ask for directions do so from proper authorities. Keep your wits. But do mind your manners as there really is a very thin line between being confident and appearing arrogant.
Take some pooch protection.
Statistics show that people with dogs are far less likely to be attacked by a mugger when travelling. While its not always possible to take a dog on holiday, if you can travel with your dog you are unlikely to be robbed. Even small dogs can act as a big deterrent to would-be-robbers who can be put off by the bark as much as the bite.
Be extra cautious at night.
If you have to leave your hotel room at night for some much-sought after nightlife make sure not to go alone. There will always be other travellers in your hotel who might want to join you in your walk. Or try to use online services that can help you find locals who can join you in your nocturnal adventures. However, this is usually not a guarantee that all will be well. If you really have to go out alone, then steer clear of back alleys as well as over- and under-passes. Make sure to walk in well-lit areas, too and steer clear of sections of the city where there are relatively few people in sight.
Don’t be a walking jewellery shop.
Some folks simply cannot go out without their favourite bling. Unfortunately, these are natural magnets for robbers and other crooks. You are a walking jewellery shop and you are actually inviting them to rob you. Leave everything that glitters in your hotel room safe. If you need to wear jewellery make sure that it will not attract attention. Or better yet, buy some cheap imitation jewellery. If in case this is stolen, then you’d only be ticking the loss as a few dollars.
There are a lot of things you can do to avoid getting robbed even in places you’ve never been before. By considering these tips you can actually get to enjoy all the things the place has to offer.