Travel is beautiful because of what you get to experience during your journey. However, your trip might not always go well. Occasionally it could be as terrible as you couldn't even imagine. Encountering pocket pickers is kind of very common while travelling since tourists are usually not familiar with the surroundings unlike any other locals. Today we are going to share 6 stories behind our trips to various cities in Europe and tips on how to avoid getting pickpocketed.
Berlin - Asking us to Sign Something or Do a Questionnaire
This sounds perfectly right unless you are not cautious enough. They do not actually pick things from your pockets; they will ask you for money when you stopped and signed up for a vote, or any agreements that are in a language that you might not even understand. They usually tell you that you agreed to donate a huge amount of money after you signed. And a number of people will suddenly come over and block your way until you actually paid. That's horrible, right?
Tip #1: Do not sign anything strange!
Lisbon - Following us and Open our Backpack
That's probably the most common pickpocket way everyone would have experienced in their life before. We had been followed by a bunch of people and they attempted to open our backpack bit by bit. A police officer chased us up and told us that someone were trying to steal things from our backpack; we started to panic and checking our backpack but we were fortunate not to lose anything! Thanks goodness!
Tip #2: Carry your backpack in front so you can keep your eyes on it!
London - Walking Next to us and Open our Handbag
Here's another similar story from London: a couple walked so close to us and made us realised that they were trying to open our handbag. We were walking along the River Thames near London Eye; it was very crowded so at the beginning we didn't find them strange until we realised and even caught them redhanded. They actually tried to pretend that we dropped our stuff and they were just being helpful to return our wallets to us.
Tip #3: Don't be afraid to stop the pocket-pickers. Sometimes they even feel scarier than you do.