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High Risk Pickpocketing Areas: Where Are You Most Vulnerable? August 13 2014, 1 Comment

Description: Tourist attractions, transportation hubs and streets of major travel destinations are hotbeds for pickpockets. cl

If you haven’t already, conduct an Internet search for the 10 worst cities for pickpockets in the world. It’s no surprise to see Barcelona at the top of the list, followed by Prague, Rome and Paris. Theft statistics confirm what you’ve probably learned from the news headlines and own personal experience: tourist destinations are a hotbed for pickpockets.

Researching theft statistics and identifying which cities are at a high risk for pickpockets is the easy part. What’s difficult is to discern where exactly within the city pickpockets are likely to strike and steps to take to guarantee prevention of theft.

  1. Tourist Attractions - Let’s start with the most obvious, tourist attractions. Whether it’s the Eiffel Tower, the Picasso Museum or even the Vatican, a large crowd of tourists is the best place for pickpockets to get to work. As theft statistics show, no destination is sacred when it comes to the potential for being pickpocketed.

  1. Transportation Hubs - Another common venue for pickpocketing is a train station or other major public transportation hub. With so many people moving through the station, thieves can remain undetected and wait for the ideal time to make their move. Pay particular attention at stops along the way as often pickpockets will exit quickly after stealing a wallet from a back pocket.

  1. On the Street - Unfortunately, one of the favorite places of pickpockets is hard to identify exactly because it is on the streets. A secluded street is much safer than a busy pedestrian thoroughfare of tourists where pickpockets can easily blend in. It’s a good idea to learn the tricks and techniques of  pickpockets, as they are likely to strike on any street in any city.

Luckily there are travel products that make prevention of theft a breeze, even in the wake of pickpocket theft statistics that show crime is on the rise in many tourist destinations. In order to stay safe in high risk areas, never put your wallet in your back pocket and instead consider a more secure option such as a t-shirt or long johns from Clever Travel Companion.



Safety and Pick Pocketing in Turkey August 02 2014, 0 Comments

Turkey is a destination full of rich and diverse culture that makes exploration more enjoyable. There are so many attractions to see and views to take in. Being in Turkey is unlike any other region in the world and it is no surprise at all that is one of the 10 most popular tourist destinations. However, being a hotbed for tourists also makes Turkey at risk of pick pocketing. Pick pocketing is a type of petty theft that is carried out by the locals on unsuspecting tourists. Before you book your next Turkey getaway, you should become more familiar with the targets and how to stay safe when traveling.

Distractions Serve Pick Pocketing

The reason that the most popular crime in Turkey is pick pocketing deals with the distraction factor. It is no shock that pick pocketers are looking for targets and tourists that are distracted by the sites. When you are taking in the amazing views that surround you, it is easy to become distracted and make a pick pocketer’s job even easier. Turkey is a place of history and legend that can captivate you with ease. However, this distraction is what locals use to make pick pocketing more unrecognizable. 

Crime in Turkey

It is important to note that there is not much violent crime taking place in Turkey that you must be fearful of. Theft is the main crime that you have to be on the lookout for. Pick pocketing is something that is common in Turkey, but Turkey is still not one of the most targeted cities in the world. Turkey is quickly rising up the list, but it is still outside the top 10 cities notorious for pick pocketing. 

Pick Pocketing Safety Tips

Pick pocketing is almost a skill and locals that do this as a profession are incredibly good at it. The distraction tactic is what is used most often and it is designed to keep you from noticing the theft. Having your wallet in your back pocket makes you an easy target, but it is just a good idea to not carry a lot of cash with you. Keep a credit card on hand and check your pockets regularly to ensure that you notice right away in the event that it is stolen. The loss of cash is not covered by most traveler’s insurance policies, so you simply need to exercise caution and keep from being too distracted. 

Why do they drive on the wrong side of the road over there? July 21 2014, 0 Comments

Ever wondered why they drive on the wrong side of the road over there? Well, if you have, here is a short history of Right and Left Side Driving

Throughout history most countries have driven on the left side of the road in accordance with left-side laws kept by each country. In fact, there is evidence of left-side driving as far back as the Roman Empire. The left-side driving rules even extended deep into the Middle Ages in Europe where drivers kept to the left so that they could easily reach for their weapons or extend a friendly hand to any passerby on the other side as needed. So how did some countries begin driving and travelling by the right side of the road?

During the 1700s, in the United States and France, drivers began using the right side of the road for all travel whether by horseback, carts, or any other means. At this time there were no laws for driving right, but both teams were possibly forced to switch driving sides and become right-based due to large wagons that were driven at the time. These wagons were hitched to teams of horses and the driver sat on the back left-hand horse. Some people believe it was easier for drivers to steer their horses if they kept them to the right, while others say that due to the large size of the horse teams and wagons it was easier to see whether or not you were too close to others if they drove on your left side and you stayed on the right.

By the 1800s right-side driving was passed as a law in the United States and up through Canada. At the same time, although France had once again started adopting left-side driving, Napoleon quickly declared laws for right-side driving and spread them in the countries he conquered such as Germany, Italy, and Spain. Countries that were not conquered such as England, Russia, and Portugal chose to stay left-side driving.

After World War I even more countries began making the switch to becoming right-side driving, but countries such as England and India have largely resisted. This is why today most countries throughout the world drive on their right-sides, but there are still some countries that drive on their left-side.