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Fun in the sun……and pickpockets

Aug 26

Summer brings fantastic weather in most parts of the states and with this wonderful weather comes crowded theme parks, busy fairs, crammed concerts, teeming airports, and jam-packed rail stations.  What do all these different situations have in common? They all provide the ideal surroundings for pickpockets to steal your identity.  

This time of the year is when experienced pickpockets operate day and night in crowded areas “accidentally” bumping into innocent victims to steal their purse/wallet which will contain valuables such as credit cards, a driver’s license, or a Social Security card.  What can you do to protect yourself from becoming a pickpocket’s next victim?  Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when you’re in crowded places enjoying the summer weather:

Pickpocket prevention tips for men:

1. The pickpocket target areas are back trouser pockets and suit coat and sports jacket pockets located both inside and out. In general, a pickpocket avoids front trouser pockets and especially buttoned or zippered pockets.

2. If you have to carry your wallet in an unbuttoned jacket, coat, or pants pocket, be sure it holds only what you can afford to lose. Keep cash, credit cards, ID’s, etc., in your front pocket or any buttoned or zippered pocket.

Pickpocket prevention tips for women:

1. Do not carry your wallet in your purse if you don’t have to.

2. Use a purse that closes securely and is difficult to open.

3. If you are carrying a shoulder bag, place the strap(s) diagonally across your body, as opposed to carrying it on one shoulder. This keeps your purse in front of you at all times.

4. Never leave your purse unattended.

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