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Video shows just how easy it is to be pickpocketed this Christmas December 11 2017, 0 Comments

The above video highlights just how easy it is to become the victim of pickpocketing - especially as the high streets, shopping centres and malls get busier in the festive period.

The clip, released by Nationwide building society, a UK Bank, aims to warn people to be more vigilant as they go about their festive shopping this year.

The social experiment was performed by expert pickpocket and entertainer Lee Thompson.

Lee, who advises the police on street theft techniques, said: “Unfortunately pickpocketing is very common, especially in areas where crowds gather and people are distracted.

"A good pickpocket understands human psychology and knows people can only direct their attention to one or two things at a time."

There were 442,000 "theft from persons" offences in the year ending June 2015 in England and Wales alone.

Nationwide polled just over 2,000 street theft victims and found that mobile phone theft accounted for 15% of all incidents with the average value of each loss totalling £221 (approx $300).

Apple's iPhones tops the thieves' wish list, followed by other brands, such as Samsung.

The survey also found trouser and coat pockets are the most common place to steal from, accounting for 34% of incidents.

Bags worn over the shoulder or on the back accounted for 26% of incidents while theft from a bag on the floor or table came in at 18%.

Two thirds of victims (66%) were with someone else or a group; a third (32%) were on their own.

Just 19% of culprits were caught, with four in ten victims (40%) not going to the police because they either didn’t think the thief would be caught (25%) or couldn’t be bothered to report it (9%).

According to those surveyed, London was the most common place for pickpockets to operate with Manchester coming in second, Birmingham third, Glasgow fourth and Leeds fifth.

Dan King, Nationwide’s Head of the Current Accounts, said: “Christmas and sales events like Black Friday or Cyber Monday are a perfect opportunity for criminals to fill their festive wishlist.

"At this time of year people tend to carry more cash on them, making it really easy and lucrative for pickpockets to operate.

"Mobile phone thefts make up a large percentage of all property stolen on the streets and it's not just the phone itself that is valuable, but also the personal data it contains."

Lee's Top Tips to Avoid Pickpockets

Be vigilant - if you suspect someone is following you, stop what you are doing and walk in a different direction.

Don't look like a tourist - pickpockets love tourists because they often carry lumps of cash and are not paying attention.

Travel light - leave any unnecessary valuables in your hotel room or at home.

Don't wear clothes that make you stand out - High end clothes, expensive jewellery or watches make you a walking advertisement for a pickpocket. The Clever Travel Companion range is perfect for this with it's plain aesthetic and secure zipper pockets. 

Don't advertise - if you have to travel with your valuables, keep them out of sight as much as possible.

Cash machines - use well-lit cash machines at a reputable building society or bank.

Secure your backpack - rucksacks are an easy target for pickpockets. Make sure they are securely fastened and secure valuables in your front pockets or a money belt. Keep your bags in sight at all times.


How to avoid a pickpocket November 17 2017, 0 Comments

The below video comes from a Chinese public service announcement to help members of the public identify and avoid pickpockets. As China has grown and more and more of the population join the ranks of the middle class, cities become more cramped, valuables become more available and more popular, as a result a number of cities have suffered from increased numbers of pickpockets and related crimes. 

The video is a great resource for any safety conscious travelers, especially those who might be considering China as a destination! It also demonstrates the number of ingenious and well developed methods pickpockets will use not only to get their hands on your valuables but to do so without ever being seen. That said, none of the victims in the below vid had access to Clever Travel Companion clothing, so they're already at a disadvantage! 

 



Most helpful Travel Gadgets September 27 2017, 0 Comments

Clever Travel Gadgets

Naturally, many of us enjoy travelling except for all the inconvenience that can easily add up to weigh us down. Some try to go as light as possible while others carry all kinds of stuff just to make sure they don't be lacking anything.

Whether you're travelling for pleasure or leisure, it's possible to eliminate all those pet peeves that make you uncomfortable without jeopardizing the real thing.

By selecting the right gadgets and equipment, you can make your journey a whole lot easier and less stressful. Who knows; it could make the difference between having an exciting travel experience and a frustrating one.

So besides your mobile phone, here are seven of the most common helpful travel gadgets you must never leave behind. Even if you forget other things, make sure you have these ones on your packing list.


USB Flash Drive

This is very important especially when going on business trips. Certain emergencies can easily pop up where you may need to share a document or your passport with someone. Even if you don't have hard copies with you, you can always print them from your flash drive.

You will find USB flash drives more useful if your holiday will involve a lot of paperwork. Instead of stuffing your luggage with a lot of papers, you can just save the documents you need on your flash and print them later when you get to your destination.


Phone and Car Charger

Packing a portable rechargeable USB phone charger (or power bank) and a car charger can make your holiday a whole lot easier. There is no better feeling than that of knowing you can boost your phone whenever the battery goes low, even while you are in the coffee shop.

An auto charger can help you accomplish a lot of things especially when travelling on the road. You can charge your stuffs, play music for the kids while driving, or map your route with your own device.


Tablet

Carrying tablets along may appear unnecessary considering the fact you also have your smartphone with you. However, having one makes it possible to travel without your favourite newspapers and magazines. Instead of buying one newspaper upon another, you can download everything you need on your tablet. You can also play your favourite casino or slots. Start by checking out this gday casino review online.


Worldwide Adapter

An adapter can come in handy in a lot of situations.

Instead of buying a new adapter every time you travel to a new place, you can get yourself an all-in-one worldwide adapter and save yourself a lot of money.


External hard drive

It’s always good to be prepared for the worse especially when going on a big business trip. Backing up your files and photos in a hard drive can be really helpful. Who knows, you laptop may get damaged by water or something else. Don't worry; it happens to most of us. Though we don't pray for such things to happen, it's always good to be prepared.

You may also consider creating a backup on Google drive if you have a strong WIFI connection.


Headphones

Although every item on this list is essential, some are more important than others. A good example is the headphones.

You should never think of getting on the road, water, railway, or on air without packing one. It will shield you from all the noise coming from both people nearby and the plane.

Mobile Wi-Fi

Carrying your own mobile Wi-Fi can save you a lot of money while travelling.

Instead of paying for expensive hotel connection charges, you can pack you own Wi-Fi device so that both you and your kids can use the internet from several devices.

 

A Good Camera

You're going to see some truly amazing, inspiring sights on your travels, things your friends wont be able to comprehend or understand the significance of when you tell them back home. Sure you could grab pics on your iPhone X or Samsung J8 but when you look back at them you'll realize they don't do the moment justice at all. It's then that you'll appreciate a good camera if you take one with you. Click here for some great lenses.