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Five things to learn from someone who fell victim to a pickpocket

If you have never fallen victim to a pickpocket, you are lucky - and to tell you the truth - if you were just a little street smart, you may never in your lifetime. However, pickpockets come in a variety of levels of expertise, and falling victim to one, especially one who gets all of your information, credit cards, as well as your passport and currency, can really put a crimp on your vacation abroad. Here are a few tips shared by a seasoned traveler who fell victim to a pickpocket.

Here is an interesting video of a traveler who was targeted in Paris by thieves using the "petition scam" watch his video to here how it happened so you know what to look out for in the future if you get targeted by with this scam.

A pickpocket targeted a seasoned traveler who was visiting Dubrovnik (it could have happened anywhere in the world) which she was visiting a gelato shop (talk about being punished for gluttony!). The traveler was overwhelmed by her desire to get out of the jam-packed store, and when she abandoned all her principles in favor of a quick exit, a woman saw her opportunity and grabbed it. On the bright side, she said that the thief taught her a few things. Here are five ways she says she will travel differently from now on.

1. I’ll leave all non-essential cards and documents at home.

I emptied out my wallet a bit before I left home, but I could have done a better job. There was no reason for me to carry my driver’s license, for example, and now I’m still waiting on a replacement! (Ahem, New York State DMV.)

2. I won’t withdraw large sums of cash at once.

I’ve always withdrawn wads of foreign currency at a time under the theory that I was keeping ATM fees to a minimum. I found out it’s not worth the risk; next time, I’ll pay the five dollars!

3. I’ll divide my cash and credit cards into at least two stashes.

I generally try to be good about carrying half of my funds in a money belt or suitcase and half in a wallet or secure pocket, but from now on, I will always do that. If half gets stolen, at least I’ll have backup cards.

3. I’ll divide my cash and credit cards into at least two stashes.

I generally try to be good about carrying half of my funds in a money belt or suitcase and half in a wallet or secure pocket, but from now on, I will always do that. If half gets stolen, at least I’ll have backup cards.

4. I’ll remember that I brought that zippered purse for a reason.

And it wasn’t because it’s cute. Leaving my purse unzipped for 30 seconds to get out of a crowded store certainly cost me, and was completely avoidable. To view a variety of travel purses which feature pickpocket prevention features, click here.

5. I will travel with the phone numbers of my credit-card companies.

As I was scrambling to find the numbers on the Internet, I couldn’t help thinking that having them on hand would have saved a lot of time during post-pickpocket cleanup.

Our site contains over 100 pages of travel safety tips and security tips that are useful for any traveler. You will find tips involving luggage theft, avoiding pickpockets, laptop theft, hotel burglary, and airplane, train, automobile, and boat travel crimes.