TIPS ON PREVENTING BAG THEFT

Theft in Bali is unfortunately all too common. Often occuring via motor-bikes with one person driving, the other armed and ready to cut a bag strap from a pedestrian or fellow rider.

The world is full of people looking to get money from tourists through scams or theft.

Some handy tips on preventing bag theft or pickpockets:

  • When walking along the street, wear your bag on the side of your body that is away from the traffic.
  • Don’t carry more cash or credit cards than you need.
  • Leave expensive jewellery at home.
  • Hold your purse/bag tight and close to your body.  If possible, place it under your clothing, unseen.
  • Shorten the strap on your bag so it can be held tightly between your elbow and your body.
  • Walk in busy, well lit areas – preferably with a friend.  (Muggings can happen at any time, but are often more prevalent in dimly lit, less busy locations).
  • Where possible, do without a handbag.
  • If a robber grabs your bag, resist the impulse to struggle.  If you hang on, chances are you’ll be pulled down or dragged along the streets.
  • Be especially cautious in busy stores, streets and markets.  Thefts and pickpockets often work in teams; one creates a distraction by bumping or shoving, dropping something, or asking a question – while others lift wallets from pockets or handbags.
  • Keep bags and wallets zipped up and closed at all times.
  • Where possible, use specific travel bags that have wire reinforced straps since they can’t  be easily cut.
  • Car drivers lock your doors whilst driving and lock your doors when you get out of your car for any reason.  Ask your driver or taxi to lock their doors also.
  • Most of all keep alert to people travelling near you and don’t allow them to get too close if you can help it.
  • Listen to your instincts.
  • Photocopy both sides of important documents like credit cards, licences etc and keep it in a safe place at your hotel or villa.
  • Last but not least, always take out Travel Insurance.

Wishing you safe travels! x

photo credit: James Alcock/ Murrayontravel

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