It can turn a fabulous holiday into a nightmare. One minute you’re strolling along by some ancient ruins and next thing you know, your wallet is missing. Like all big cities, Rome has its fair share of thieves. Yes pickpocketing can be a problem, but as long as you pay attention to yourself and your surroundings, you should be pretty safe. Here are my five tips to avoid those nasty pickpockets:
1) Your wallet doesn’t make your butt look sexy, so don’t put your wallet in your back pocket! If you need to put your wallet in a pocket, try a concealed, zipped jacket pocket. If you can’t help but put your money in your pants, consider your front pockets. It may not be as comfortable, but it’s much easier to pay attention to the people in front of you. Plus, you can stylishly put your hands in your front pockets if you feel like someone could be targeting you.
2) Put that hand on your handbag! If you have a cross-body bag, you can sometimes forget it’s even there as you rush onto a crowded train. If you casually keep your hand placed over your bag, it’ll be unlikely that a pickpocket will be able to reach into your bag without you noticing.
3) If it’s convenient for you, it’s convenient for them! This is especially true when it comes to backpacks with outer pockets. It may be easy to stash your keys, phone or wallet into that side compartment, but it’s safer to store these valuables right at the bottom of your backpack if you’re carrying one. If you’re travelling with a companion, ask them to watch your back as you go through busy sections of the city.
4) Handbags don’t go on chairs! When eating at a restaurant, place your bags between your feet. Bags hanging on the back of chairs can be easily grabbed, especially if you are eating al fresco. You might get your handbag a bit dirty, but it’s better than having no handbag at all.
5) Be vigilant, not a vigilante! Well, I guess you can be a vigilante if you want, but it’s more important to be vigilant when you are travelling to new places. Take extra care in crowded areas like subway stations and big tourist attractions. Remember, some of these people are professional pickpockets, so act wisely.
For a lot of you, this may seem like common knowledge, but you’d be surprised at the amount of people who are caught unawares. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t relax on your holiday – far from it! Just be mindful of your surroundings in public areas and you’ll be fine. 🙂
I hope this post was helpful and good luck on your travels! Until next time, arrivederci!