“Beware of the pickpockets” – that is the standard byline you get to see in the interior of every public transport, and why? Because travelers are the principle target of thieves. More than regular passengers, the tourists undertaking a longer journey and lodging in foreign lands are a far easier prey. Vacationers, often in a relaxed, vacation mood forget to take adequate precaution against prying eyes. They also tend to rely on the often-faulty security measures offered by the hotels.
Here we suggest the following Top 10 security tips for visitors:
To start from scratch, you should make sure that all the entrances of your home are thoroughly locked, before you set out on your trip. People having regular access to your house, like the newspaper vendor or laundry man must be informed in advance to withhold their service during your absence.
Mark your luggage with some distinguishing token to avoid intentional or unintentional exchanges.
Make it a point to carry your most vital documents and other valuables in your carry-on.
Avoid using your laptops while on the way. It can be a very telltale manner of revealing some essential personal information to peeping eyes. In case you must use it, make sure you use a privacy filter to shield any undesired leakages.
Check on your voice pitch (in case you are a ‘loud-speaker’) while checking into a hotel. Who knows but you might let out unawares much about yourself! Thieves might fake your name to get an easy access into your room, and you know the rest!
When you check out of a hotel, destroy all records of your personal information given during check in. This prevents any future risks to your security.
While you are lodging, make it clear to the hotel staffs to lock the door each time they leave.
Always be mentally prepared to escape from the site of trouble. Make careful mental notes of the exit points of the room/hall that you are occupying.
Be extra cautious with your wallet and pickpockets. Carry your money preferably in a money-belt under your clothes. Ladies must keep their money tucked close to their body and don’t carry all your money in a single place that way in case you do get “picked” you can rely on the other sources.
Lastly, remember that even if it is the safest place on earth, thieves can be on the prowl. So remember the old caution your mom used to tell you back in your childhood – “Don’t speak to strangers.” Of course that does not mean keeping new acquaintance at bay, but don’t be too friendly with ‘bar mates’. They might dope you into taking unnecessary risks.