Traveling is fun and adventurous, but it can also put you at risk of being targeted by criminals. Although there is always risk when traveling, especially when going to certain countries, you have options for staying safe and preventing theft.
- Be Aware – Before leaving on a trip, be aware of everything on your person. While some discipline is required, the goal is to have a routine that ensures you have exactly what you need, such as a phone charger, cash, credit cards, house keys, passport, and airline ticket, prior to walking out the door.
- Use a Decoy Wallet – You can prevent theft by carrying a decoy wallet. Keep valuables in a locked safe and take a decoy wallet that contains nothing more than $10 or $20, fillers, like a library card or grocery store discount card, and an expired credit card attached to a closed account. That way, if someone tries to mug you, he or she gets a dummy wallet.
- Separating Cash and Cards – Never keep all your cash and credit cards in the same place. A much better option is to separate them so if your purse, wallet, or backpack is stolen while traveling, not everything is taken.
- Scan Travel Documents – Having a driver’s license, social security card, passport, or visa stolen while on a business trip or vacation is devastating. Having a scanned copy of legal documents with you can speed up the replacement process.
- Be Wary of Strangers – While there are some really nice people in the world, if someone comes off as being overly nice, you should be wary. For example, if you stopped to grab a bite to eat while in a foreign country and a complete stranger pulls up a chair to start a conversation, question why.
- Look Like a Local – To stay safe and avoid being the victim of a theft while traveling, stop looking like a tourist. Try to gauge how locals dress and then blend in.
- Talk to Locals – Reputable shop owners, restaurant managers, and local police are all great resources for learning about the right places to visit. That way, you can stay away from areas with high crime.
If you have plans to visit different locations when on a trip to a new city, state, or country, there is also risk associated with driving. To enhance safety and reduce the risk of theft, a much better option is hiring a limousine service to escort you.