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Keep your money safe

Pick-pockets are very common in many large european cities and precautions should be taken to secure your valuables. I would advise taking a decoy wallet containing a few euros and some fake credit and business cards. You should keep your real wallet in your backpack, I would also advise keeping a stash of emergency money separate from your wallet. This way if you get robbed you will not have lost all your money and can still get home.

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Good idea – thanks Smile

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i know this sounds funny, but i was watching the eurotrip movie and they guy they called a dork had this stap o wallet thing under his shirt..and people were making fun of him but i thought it was a good idea, do u know if those really exsist?
I dont mind being a dork if it saves my passport, my money, and anything else!
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oh this is such a good idea! doing my first euro trip next year trying to get all the tips i can

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Don’t forget to secure your bag when at a cafe or restaurant too! I almost got my bag stolen in 2007 because I didn’t secure it. Good thing I noticed the shady kids trying to grab it from under my chair.

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First rule to avoid becoming a victm: Don’t dress like a tourist (i.e. leave those Steelers sweatshirts at home, lose the baseball cap and don’t wear Rockports with white athletic socks).

Pickpockets in Europe target travelers because (A) they tend to carry large sums of money and (B) even if they are caught, what are the chances you’ll return for their trial? I Used to carry a hidden wallet, but now I just carry two bank cards (one with me and one left in the hotel room) and take out small sums as I need it.

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One other important factor,

when going through any security checkpoint, i.e. airports, museums, do not take your wallet or watch off and lay it on top of your things to be Xray’d. You might not get it all back. I was in Frankfurt and I was rushing through customs and the officer told me to take my watch off. I did, and instead of placing it in the pocket of my backpack, I laid it on top. When the bin came through the XRAY, my 700.00 watch was gone. Frown

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I carry a money belt now adays and keep my wallet hidden in my backpack. I place larger euro’s in my right pocket and stray change and lower b ills in my left pocket, but most of it is in my moneybelt…..I get robbed, i reach into ymy left pocket, hopefully they will just take that.

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Wow Steve that’s sad Frown
and did you asked them where did your money go?

About this post, yes dont dress like a tourist, even taxi and some other services will charge you more because you are tourist !

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I agree 100%. On many forums Americans suggest taking frumpy old clothes that you are willing to throw away, so after you have worn the clothing you can throw it away and use the extra space in your suitcase for trinkets. This leaves me in awe! Looking out of place and so obviously a tourist is a glowing sign to get robbed. I can’t see the logic!

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Those money belts exists, I bought a Totto money belt here in Costa Rica.
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I cannot bring myself to use a money belt , so I bought a small satchel bag that has 1 strap extending across the body and adjusting to sit snug on the hip. The bag zips and buckles, so pick pocketing is impossible and snatching it is impossible because it crosses the body. I feel comfortable with this option, but it may not be favorable for men and may not work for all women.

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