"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. But more than regular passengers, the tourists undertaking a longer journey and lodging in foreign lands are a more easy prey.
The vacationers, often in a relaxing, vacation mood forget to take adequate precaution against prying eyes. They tend to rely on the often faulty security measures offered by the hotels but you don't have to be a "James Bond" to protect yourself!
We suggest the Top 10 security tips for tourists in general:
To start from scratch, you should make sure that all the entrances of your home are thoroughly locked out, before you step out. People having regular access to your house, like the newspaper vendor or the mailman 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. For a change you can also use bags and suitcases that have an uncommon color.
- Make it a point to carry your most vital documents and other valuables in your carry-on. Make a copy of your passport to take along with you and leave the original in a hotel safe.
- Avoid using your laptops while on the way. It can be a very tell-tale 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 stepping into a hotel. Who knows but you might unaware let out 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 you must destroy all records of your personal information given during check in. This prevents any future risks to your security.
- Make it clear with the hotel staffs to lock the door each time they leave your room.
- Always be mentally prepared to escape from the site of trouble. Be careful enough to take note of the exit points of the room/hall that you are in.
- Be extra cautious about your wallet. After all, pickpockets have universal access! Carry your money preferably in a money-belt under your clothes. Ladies must keep their money tucked close to their body. Don't carry all your money in a single place.
- 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 to take their chance.