Keeping Your Valuables Safe on Vacation


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Did you know that you may be more susceptible to having all manner of your valuables stolen when you’re on vacation? So many things are new on a vacation, and while you’re taking it all in, your guard drops a bit, leaving you vulnerable to theft. Here, we share our tips on how you can best protect yourself and your valuables while on vacation:

LIMIT WHAT YOU BRING

Most travelers bring valuables on their trip that they don’t need, like expensive watches and jewelry. If losing an item will cause you significant financial loss, don’t bring it. If a high-value item is a must, however, we recommend perhaps buying a travel insurance policy that covers personal property loss so you can recoup your money in case of a theft.

DON’T BE FLASHY

While on vacation (or anywhere, really) it’s always good to avoid being outwardly showy. Or at least use your head when you do, because showiness can be interpreted in different ways depending on your location. If you’re in London, for example, it may not be all that conspicuous if you’re toting the latest cellphone. But in less-privileged countries you’ll be perceived as extremely affluent. These signs of wealth could make you a prime target for crime.

DITCH THE IN-ROOM SAFE

While seeing a safe in your hotel room might give you that warm, fuzzy secure feeling, it’s entirely likely that you’re not the only one with access to it. There’s actually a chance several hotel employees, including members of the housekeeping and maintenance staff, can open the safe with a master combination (how else would they be able to open it after you’ve checked out).

So how do you store your valuables? Well, many four- and five-star properties have a central safe accessible to only a small number of people. Don’t expect to be able to open it by yourself (guests are almost always not allowed to open the safe themselves), but you can ask that valuables be stored there. This hotel safe isn’t foolproof, but it keeps the property more accountable should anything go missing.

AVOID DISTRACTIONS

Criminals choose victims who appear unfamiliar with their surroundings or who are otherwise distracted. If you don’t know your destination well, stay alert as you walk through the streets, and consider ducking into a coffee shop or store if you need to stop and look at your phone for directions.

SKIP SOCIAL MEDIA

You may want to share the good time you’re having on your vacation by posting pictures throughout your trip, it’s understandable for it to be very hard to resist. But when it comes to safeguarding your valuables, this is not a very good idea. Savvy criminals monitor social media and some might even have the tools to pinpoint your exact geographic location. This is almost exactly how Kim Kardashian was robbed in Paris. They see how you’re dressed and could possibly get a sense of your lifestyle based on other photos you’ve posted, and will seek you out for your valuables.

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