When travelling, security should be high on your list of priorities. Don't take the safety of your personal belongings for granted and be aware that it's not only 'scruffy' looking individuals who are the offenders. Children are often trained as pick pockets and well-dressed adults can also be on the look out for easy targets. Be security conscious and you'll most likely avoid the hassles of being robbed.
It's a good idea to always carry your valuables (money, passports, credit cards, etc.) in a money belt worn around the waist. The money belt fits under the waistband of jeans or shorts, and is also hidden under a t-shirt or jumper. Don’t be tempted to wear the money belt over the top of your clothes, as it only takes a quick-fingered thief to wield a pair of scissors and your valuables are gone. Likewise, neck pouches are popular and are hidden under clothing, but in our opinion would be easier for a thief to cut off.
Scammers are becoming more and more inventive in ways to trick unsuspecting travellers. This article outlines some of the more popular scams.
The usual safety precautions always apply – keep your children and your valuables in sight at all times, don’t leave valuables on display or unattended in your car or hotel room, and hold extra tight to bags and backpacks when walking in crowded places or travelling on busy trains or buses.
If you need to leave your digital camera unattended in your room or vehicle, always remove the photo card and take it with you. It's easy enough to replace your camera, but your photos can never be recovered.
Travel insurance is strongly recommended (read why here) to cover you against theft, amongst other things. Read the policy conditions carefully as, in most cases, the theft will need to be reported to the police in order for you to make a claim.