The holidays are a high time for theft. Whether at home, or travelling abroad, the risk is typically greater during this time of year. Increased shopping and financial strains create opportunities for burglars and pick pockets to take advantage of moments where they can take your valuables. Having your presents, credit cards, money, or other assets stolen adds much more stress to the holidays but is it even more taxing when it happens away from home. Taking preventive and proactive measures during your seasonal travels will help you have a merry and safe Christmas vacation.
1. Never Leave Things in Plain Sight
Regardless where you are, you should never leave your cash, credit cards, and expensive merchandise where they can be easily seen by others. Walking around with large sums of money, fine jewelry, and gadgets shows people what you have. If you must bring expensive personals with you, keep them locked in a safe, cupboard, or somewhere where no one can easily access or see them.
If you are staying in a hotel, never leave stuff out in the open, even in your room. Although most hospitality staff are honest, you need to consider the less than one percent of those who are not. Also, other patrons or outsiders can try breaking in to your suite.
2. Keep Your Doors and Windows Locked
Regardless where you are travelling to or staying, always keep your doors and windows locked. Openings allow others easy access. Secured entranceways make it more difficult to get inside.
3. Plan Your Sightseeing Destinations
There is plenty to see in foreign cities, but if you don’t know where you are, you could easily and quickly end up in the wrong place. Always plan your excursions ahead of time, do your research, and, if possible, go on designated group sightseeing tours. Stick to the popular areas where there are people around.
4. Keep Your Purse and Wallet Close
Surprisingly, many people still do not pay much attention to where they put their purse or wallet while in touring destinations and shopping through markets. Holding your purse in the back gives access to others. Unattended and open bags are easy to swipe. Always hold your purse, wallet, and other money holders closely in front of you where it is more difficult to get to. Travel money holders are designed to wrap around your torso under clothing, so your cash and cards are concealed.
5. Have a List of Emergency Contacts
If something were to happen while on vacation, would you know who to contact? Keep a list of numbers written in your phone, suitcase, notebook, or money wallet so you have them handy no matter where you are.
6. Avoid Posting Your Travel Online
Many travelers like to post their escapades as they are happening, but social media comments can also inform would-be robbers that you are not home. The last thing you want is to come home to a vandalized home after a great holiday. Protecting all your assets at home and abroad is important. Try to keep the picture posting offline until after you get back.
Travelling to popular tour destinations like Thailand is common during the holiday season. Visiting family, friends, and dream destinations is a great way to enjoy this festive time. But joy can quickly turn to fear and stress if your belongings are illegally taken by a thief. Crime rates increase at this time of year in most locations, so it is important to take proactive measures to keep yourself and your personal assets safe during your vacation.