We are constantly amazed at how bold pickpockets systematically steal from travelers. What’s even more amazing if how often theft occurs – especially overseas, and people who see the crime take place hardly ever take action. This further emboldens the sneak thieves to continue to operate without being caught. Would you stop a pickpocket from stealing a strangers wallet?
The following video was filmed in Europe and was done as a social experiment to show how seldom people would alert a victim that someone has taken their wallet. Watch this video and you will see for yourself how many passerby’s just ignore someone being victimized. This video reaffirms why you need to be very vigilant in carrying your valuables out of reach of pickpockets – as few will come to your rescue should you be victimized.
So why don’t observers get involved? Most likely they just don’t want to get involved – for a variety of reasons. Many may fear being attacked by a criminal. Yet what is more interesting is that few by-standers will even take the time to alert the victim that their wallet was just stolen so that they can take whatever action they would deem appropriate.
So what is the best course of action for you? If you’re the observer that is up to you. If you’re not, try not to be victimized in the first place by not being an easy target. The best two ways you accomplish this is by being aware of your surroundings, especially of people who try to get close to you in crowds and otherwise, and by safe-guarding your valuables. You can best do that by using an anti-theft wallet, anti-theft travel purse or anti-theft bag. The benefit is you can relax and enjoy your adventure knowing your passport, money and credit cards are hidden and secured on your person.
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