Being prepared to prevent the frequent thefts that occur during a trip to “distant lands” should be part of the usual preparation, next to the arming of the bags, the farewells and the adrenaline logic of the case.
Faced with this imminent danger of being the victim of a robbery, it is advisable not to carry unnecessary documentation, as well as make two sets of photocopies with the main page of the passport, passages, credit cards and other documentation that is carried.
To leave a game at home of friends or relatives before leaving and to take the other one in place other than the originals, is a basic measure to avoid unnecessary complications. Using traveler’s checks or credit cards before cash, taking note of the spending limit of the cards, and the telephone number to contact in case of loss in the destination country, are other recommendations that are made in these cases.
A good method to avoid crime is to use secret pockets, to distribute the money and valuables in several places not to lose everything in case of being the victim of an assault.
Carry light luggage, because heavy and large luggage makes us slower and more vulnerable. Do not use flashy or expensive luggage, and carry valuables in carry-on luggage. At destination, leave them in the hotel safe.
Reduce the signs that one is a tourist. Do not forget to put cards with personal information on all pieces of luggage. Prefer cards with cover that conceal the information at first glance. And always have a map of the city to which you are traveling, once in it, consult the map systematically before moving, to be safe in your movements.
For people who wear glasses, bring a spare pair, but during the trip put them in the carry-on luggage. Also, if you are taking medicines, put them in your carry-on luggage, and to avoid customs problems, keep them in the original container.
In such cases, it is always necessary to keep a copy of the generic prescriptions and names of the drugs. And even if you have psychiatric prescription, take a note from the doctor certifying the need to receive them.
It is also important not to let yourself be helped if your clothes are spotted on the street or other public places. This helps prevent the trick of dyeing, very common in Europe: a person causes a stain on the clothing, then try to help it and in the resulting confusion commit the robbery. It is important to refuse in a firm but cordial way, without losing your serenity.