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How to Avoid Theft on European Trains

Train travel in Europe is efficient, comfortable and usually quite safe. Many tourists somewhere on their European adventure will travel by rail.  However, where there are tourists there are thieves. The theft of luggage from trains is an ongoing problem. The more stops on your trip the more chances of theft. So if you plan on train travel take a moment and learn how you can arrive at your destination with your luggage. You have two options when it comes to luggage storage on a train. You use the more convenient train’s baggage-check service, your bag is usually locked up in the train’s baggage car which is a separate car from the passenger cars, or you can take your luggage on board. While this allows you to keep an eye on your bags, it is more difficult and it too has risks, read on for advice on to avoid theft on your next European train trip. Where Does Theft On Trains Happen Most In Europe? Theft of luggage and bags from trains can happen anywhere, however, history shows that  theft is more common on trains in Italy, France, Spain, England, as well as many Eastern European countries.  Theft from train passengers has always seemed to be more prevalent on night trains – especially in Eastern Europe. Some train lines have higher theft issues than others. For instance, with Eurostar, there are few intermediate stops and those stops have good security where thieves cannot enter the platform area without a ticket. Video Showing Thieves Stealing Tourists Luggage on European Train Car in London Tip No. 1  Put Your Luggage On the Train Overhead Luggage Rack Across From You on European Trains As you saw in the above video, never, never, carry on your luggage and leave it in the train car luggage storage area.  You just saw how the thieves casually waited until no one was watching, picked up someone’s luggage, and walked off the train.  No one was there to...

Lost, Delayed and Damaged Luggage – Tips You Need to Know Before You Fly...

You have either seen it or heard about this gut wrenching experience. Your airplane arrives at your final destination – you walk down to baggage claim – and stand at the baggage carousel for what seems like eternity. You watch everyone else’s bags come down the conveyor belt. Then the carousel comes to an abrupt stop. You stand there staring at the empty baggage carousel when your head starts filling with panic about what happened to your luggage. Then the most important thought enters your mind – what should I do next and who’s responsible? Interesting statistics about luggage problems with the airlines, last year air travel increased about 5% among air travelers but complaints about baggage doubled. Roughly the airline industry mishandled about 6 out of every 1000 bags.  That’s not too bad, unless the bag that is lost belongs to you.  The airlines have a higher stake now more than ever to ensure your luggage gets to you. The amount the airline has to pay you for your lost luggage has increased over the years, which has resulted in airlines struggling to find a better way to move and track luggage, but they still have to deal the majority of the time with an outdated system. The manner in which airlines move and track luggage has stayed the same for the last ten years or so.  Except for a few airports that have placed electronic scanners throughout the baggage process, most airlines have no way to tell where your luggage is. What is on the horizon for the tracking of luggage is a new sophisticated system that tags bags with a radio transmitter that would allow the tracking of bags just like FedEx tracks a package.  United Airlines has taken the first step in deploying more than 600 hand held scanners to track luggage. But until this technology is wide spread or other improvements are made in the luggage system, travelers must understand the process in which...

Scooter – Moped Rental Theft Tips

When traveling overseas, many travelers rent scooters or mopeds for the day as a nice way to get around and see the sights.  While this is a great idea, you do need to take a few precautions to make sure you don’t fall victim to some of the most common scooter theft scams that occur around the world, especially when they are rented by travelers. Scooter Burglary and Theft Prevention Many scooters and mopeds have small storage compartments where you can store a small bag, purse, or wallet.  While this may seem as a great place to hide your valuables temporarily, you need to keep in mind that thieves know about these hidden locations too.  The below video shows how some scooter bandits target unsuspecting tourists who have left their valuables unattended – and unfortunately paid the price.  Watch this video to see how the victim leaves her scooter unattended for just a few moments, when two female thieves on another scooter park next to the victims scooter and steal her valuables left in the scooters storage...

Beggars Fake Handicaps – Prey on Tourists’ Emotions...

Beggars faking handicaps are found around the world, and they love to target travelers who often have a big heart and give them money.  If you’re one of those kind-hearted tourists you need to know the majority of these beggars are very healthy people who are scamming you.  They just act, dress up and pretend that they are poor and handicapped.  Some beggars go so far as to have fake deformities to convince you to hand over some change.  Here are a few videos that show just a few of these fake beggars exposed. Scam City Fake Beggar Video This is a video that takes you overseas to see some of the ways locals fool tourists into giving them money by using various fake beggar ruses. Fake Beggar – Fake Legs Video –  Its Not Always What it Seems This is a great video showing how some scammers wear fake deformed legs to get you to give them money.  It is a video on the Thailand Travel Channel and is a great video to give you an idea that things are not always as they seem as they are – no matter how sad.  This fake beggar video really shows how easy you can be fooled by someone who works on your emotions. Video of Fake Cripple Beggar This is a fake beggar that pretends that she is crippled…what near the end where you will see this scammer exposed when followed by a news crew. Fake Beggar in Wheelchair Scam Video Fake Legless Beggar Who Mysteriously Walks Video Fake Beggar Who Suddenly Grows Legs Video Fake Deaf Beggar on Train Video Answers His Phone...

Car Security Tips

Your car can practically be your home away from home if you drive for business or leisure. Therefore, you will want to take some precautions to protect it and your possessions inside. Ideally, you wouldn’t leave anything valuable at all in your car, but the reality of travel is that your car is going to serve as much like a safe deposit box or luggage storage closet  besides as transportation. The following are a few tips to help you protect your car and everything in it while traveling. Click here for the latest in vehicle security safes. Keep your keys safe – even when you are at home Today’s factory and after-market car alarms have made it harder for thieves to steal cars.  For some thieves, they have found an easier way by breaking into someone’s home for the sheer reason of stealing someone’s car keys.  That way the thief can simply come back later and drive off with the car. When you are home – keep your keys safe.  Don’t leave them in the car, in your handbag, or sitting on an entrance table or bench in the house.  Secure them in an out of the way place such as a drawer or somewhere safe that is out of sight. Don’t leave your keys in the car while you are putting gas in your car at the gas station, or when you go inside the station to pay.  This is another way for thieves to outwit car alarms – just jump in the car and drive away. Don’t go back into the house during winter while you let the car warm up. Yes, we understand it is freezing cold but thieves take advantage of this time of the year. And don’t leave the car running but lock it with the spare key – a thief is most certainly going to forgo the cost of replacing the window to smash it when they’ll have possession of your car. Put your coat,...

Spain – Barcelona and Madrid Pickpocket Scams – A Must Read!...

Barcelona and Madrid Pickpocket Scams Pickpocketing and theft can occur in any part of Spain; however Barcelona and Madrid are the top two reported locations.  As a matter of fact, the city of Barcelona was reported by Trip Advisor as the number one pickpocket location in the world in 2009. When you go to Barcelona everyone tells you to watch out for pickpockets. The locals tell you to watch out for pickpockets. Even pickpockets tell you to watch out for pickpockets! While Madrid and Barcelona seem to have the lion share of pickpocketing reports, other attractive pick pocketing cities include Valencia, Granada, Seville, the Costa del Sol region and the island of Mallorca. Regardless where you are you should always pay careful attention to personal belongings when using public transportation, visiting national monuments or tourist attractions (e.g. Museums, Churches, city squares, popular shopping areas, etc.), dining in restaurants, and anytime you are in a crowded place or find yourself on a deserted street.  Many say Barcelona is the “Pickpocket Capitol of the World,” and you will find countless travelers and articles that document this statement.  Read this article regarding an English couple who fell victim several times within a recent trip they took.  Another first hand Barcelona pickpocket article to read involves two sets of tourists on a cruise ship day tour who fell victim to professional pickpockets on the Metro just outside of the Gaudi Sagrada Familia Museum – This read really get you in tune to how quick Barcelona pickpockets can ruin your trip. Theft is simply a crime of opportunity. Educating yourself about some of the simple scams is a great first step to avoid being a target. Below are some examples of high pickpocket locations in Barcelona and Madrid, current tourist scams, and tips to avoid being a victim of theft. Across Spain touching, even strangers, is not taboo. When asking for directions, it is normal for people to put their hands on your back or even grab...

Your Passport is Lost or Stolen – What to Do

In case your passport is stolen in a foreign country, the need to act quickly becomes more and more important. That is why you need to report that loss as soon as possible to the US Consulate or Embassy nearest you. They will then assist you on getting a replacement passport.When you lose your passport, or if it is stolen from you, you need to act quickly. Also, you need to know what you have to do next. There are crucial steps you need to take, especially considering that your lost passport contains your personal information. And you should know that identity thieves thrive on stealing other people’s personal information. So let us show you what to do, and how to do it quickly. This is what it feels like when your passport is stolen – Lets learn from her mistakes Call the police when possible – but generally not mandatory As soon as you realize your passport is missing, a traveler should contact the nearest police authorities and make a police report.  Obtain a copy of the police report when ever possible, or at least a receipt with the report number.  it should be noted that a police report is not mandatory, but may be required when the embassy/consulate believes a problem may exist such as possible fraud. An applicant eligible to receive a passport should not be placed in circumstances to miss a plane or unreasonably delay travel to obtain a police report. Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance immediately as soon as you find out that your passport is nowhere to be found.Calling them is fast and convenient, which is exactly what you want to do in cases like this. However, you may be unable to contact them outside of the office hours, during weekends, and federal holidays and may have to wait until the next working day. Phone numbers for U.S. embassies and consulates are also available in our Country Specific Information...

Beach Theft – 10 Beach Theft Prevention Tips

Visiting the beach is something that you’ll want to do especially in a tropical or sunny destination however, it’s a tricky situation if you take valuables like a phone, cash, car keys or credit cards with you to the sand. What’s the best way to protect your valuables? Hide them in your beach bag? Do you carry them when you stroll along the shore? What if you decide to go swimming? Did you know that there are actually thieves that specialize in stealing beach bags and their valuables from distracted beach visitors who leave their valuables while swimming, walking on the beach, or even while they close their eyes to catch a few winks? Obviously this is a more common problem while visiting popular tourist beaches and especially ones that are very crowded. Sure you decide to not bring anything of value with you, that’s the number one solution for avoiding thefts at the beach  However, that’s not always possible. Now there are several solutions  for beach goers to enjoy the surf and sun worry-free you just have to decide which solution is best for you. Beach Theft Prevention Tips Store small, necessary items like your car key, spare cash and credit cards and even your phone or tablet inside a waterproof pouch you can carry on your person. Make sure your waterproof pouch is secured to your body as closely as possible. Certain bags can be secured to a stationary item like a chair or umbrella, or another immovable object. The Pacsafe TravelSafe 5L is a portable travelsafe that secures essentials in many environments including the beach or pool, you just need something to lock it to.  Another bag to consider  is the CoolBag  with its anti-theft features and built in cooler. It keeps things cool and secure, again you just need something to lock the bag to.  Click on the photo to see how this beach bag works to protect your valuables when left behind on the beach or at the pool....