Pickpockets and Distraction Theft
Pickpockets usually work in pairs or groups. In pairs, one distracts you by crowding or jostling, while the other lifts your wallet or other belongings. Distraction Thieves, who also work in pairs and groups, will divert your attention from your valuables and property while being stolen. They have been known to throw money on the floor, knock items out of your hands, and soil your clothes then offer to help you clean up. During this time, someone else is stealing your valuables. If this occurs, notify the Police immediately. Here are some tips that will reduce your chances of being victimized.
If you carry your wallet in your hip pocket, wrap a rubber band around it so that it will be difficult to remove. You can also insert a comb in your wallet with the teeth facing upward.
When traveling, always arrive at the airport early. You are most vulnerable to theft when you are rushed.
Beware of crowded areas where there is a lot of physical contact. Pickpockets work best in these areas.
Phone numbers and other frequently referenced information, should be kept in a separate case or holder which will reduce the chances of you leaving your wallet behind.
Never leave your property unattended, even when using the restroom. Keep your property within your sight and control at all times.
When leaving an area, always check to make sure you have all of your belongings.