How To Minimize To Become Criminal Target While Traveling  

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created by sparkling 2009-08-01 10:19:23 am

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An Ankle wallet is great for carrying your valuables. Be sure to wear long pants to cover it.

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submitted by zbikenut 2009-09-29 01:28:58 pm    


Keep your wallet in your side pocket, never in your back pocket. Don't wear jewelry or expensive watch. A cheap KMart watch will run for at least a vacation.

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submitted by FGual 2009-08-31 11:03:37 pm    

A smile goes a long way in a foreign land. When traveling to countries like Mexico, never drive a new car. We have never been scammed or robbed in a car at least 8 years old. No flamboyant jewelry, no snooty accessories. Just a smile of enjoyment.

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submitted by 2009-09-29 04:40:32 pm    

One of the simplest yet apparently overlooked idea when traveling by car is to carry TWO SETS OF KEYS. It is amazing how many people carry only one set. Keys are less expensive then having a service come out and open your door for you!

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submitted by Tradeview 2009-09-08 12:39:30 pm    

Carry a radio with you whenever you will be staying in a hotel. Leave it on when you leave whether for an hour or a day. And put out a "Do Not Disturb" sign to further throw off a lowlife.

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submitted by Tradeview 2009-09-09 01:07:06 am    

I always go to an ATM in which surroundings I am familiar with. I know the location well. I know how things "should" look. If something just doesn't look or sound right I'll go to an alternative ATM.

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submitted by Tradeview 2009-09-09 12:59:44 am    


Be aware of anyone who is watching you when you leave your hotel room. Try to break up a set pattern so a criminal can't know when you'll return. The guy next to you may be an easier target!

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submitted by Tradeview 2009-09-09 01:03:55 am    

Carry little cash. Have several credit cards with small credit lines and keep these cards seperate! Never in the same wallet.

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submitted by Tradeview 2009-09-08 12:36:38 pm    

If you give out your credit-card number over the phone, make sure no one is close enough to hear.

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submitted by sparkling 2009-08-27 06:23:55 am    

Pickpockets like to strike victims who use public phones, waiting in lines or hanging around inside bars & restaurants. Be aware of people around you, keep your valuables in your grasp.

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submitted by sparkling 2009-08-27 06:23:36 am    

Take care withdrawing cash from ATM machines. Try to find one in plain view of passersby to deter thieves, but not so crowded that thief has cover.

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submitted by The Marketing Guy 2009-08-27 08:03:24 pm    


Choose an ATM where you can see people get their cards back to avoid the scam where someone peeks or tapes you entering PIN at an ATM that has been rigged to eat your card. Happened to me in Europe.

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submitted by The Marketing Guy 2009-08-27 08:05:11 pm    

Don't wear eye-striking accessories. Diamond rings or necklace will make you become a main target of criminals.

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submitted by sparkling 2009-08-01 10:19:23 am    

I have never been a fan of Debit cards but you can use one almost anywhere internationally and you don't have to carry a lot of cash.

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submitted by zbikenut 2011-02-21 12:01:47 pm    

Wear secret money belt to secure your valuable belongings like passport, spare credit card(s), some cash. If you don't know how a secret money belt looked like, you may take a look on

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submitted by sparkling 2009-08-01 10:20:12 am    

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