5 tips on spotting a pickpocket

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5 tips on spotting a pickpocket



A good pickpocket doesn’t look look shady! In fact, it could be the sweet granny standing next to you or that helpless man asking for help!  Here are 5 tips to spotting a pickpocket!

 1.  Watch out for people that make a scene – People who make a scene within a crowd are often regular
people. They may be a bit disturbed, frustrated, or clumsy like dropping their groceries but they typically have no
agenda. However, some of them are just aiming to create confusion among a group of unsuspecting onlookers
particularly if they are trying to engage others in their drama, and their accomplices are just there waiting in the
sidelines for you to be distracted by the commotion so that they can then pick your pocket. Some pickpocket
teams have children cause a scene or approach tourists asking for money.

2.  Be aware of those that try to get close to you – Getting close to people is unavoidable especially in crowded
areas. This can be even natural in a culture with less personal space or in locations popular with tourists.
However, if you find someone crowding your personal space incessantly and you feel uncomfortable, then he or
she may be a pickpocket, and it would be wise to go to an area less crowded and with more open space if possible
move towards someone who is a person of authority like a police officer or security guard.

3.  Keep an eye out for people trying to make a conversation – In this setup, someone may stop you while
walking on a crowded street, in the subway, or other tourist locations with people around to ask you something.
They may ask about road directions, show you a map, or ask if you have seen a certain person. There is a strong
chance that they are part of a pickpocket team trying to divert your attention so that their partners can take
advantage of your momentary diverted focus. The advice in this scenario is not to stop and look at a map and just
keep going. Being rude beats losing your wallet.

4.  Be cautious of anyone trying to blend in – The main weapon of a pickpocket is his or her ability to blend in
with a crowd. Still, you can probably observe people who are trying too hard to join the crowd for the purpose of
stealing from them. Be wary of everyone when in a crowded area, and don’t trust anyone simply because they are
a child, old, infirm, or even pregnant. Hold your backpack or purse in front of you or crossbody style.

5.  For peace of mind –  Carry your valuables in a neck wallet you tuck under your shirt or a money belt you wear
around your waist under your shirt. Today’s options of money belts and body pouches are slim, smooth, and soft.

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