How to protect yourself from theft at the airport
Tourists get a real rest when they finally get to the hotel and, having settled in the room, fall on the bed, forgetting about their suitcases, or
go out to smoke on the balcony. But vacation troubles can start much earlier. Rogues, crooks and thieves are waiting for travelers already at the airport. And while Russian air ports maintain a sense of caution in our holidaymakers with their harsh atmosphere, prosperous foreign airports distract attention from suitcases with a festive atmosphere and vibrant bustle. And completely in vain! Even in such a prosperous country as Germany, one tourist out of 35 thousand was robbed at airports in 2009. It would seem, what a trifle! Of the 175 million passengers, only 6,000 were affected. And yet, nobody wants to be in the place of a duffer who paid with a purse at the beginning of the vacation. What to do in order not to spoil the beginning or the end of the vacation?
Be sure to mark your suitcase with a bright ribbon or colored thread or sticker that could help identify your belongings among millions of gray, dark brown or black bags. And when you see your suitcase on the conveyor belt in the luggage room, do not take your eyes off it: one of the most common thieves’ tricks is to take the suitcase from the belt and leave with it as if nothing had happened. Only distinctive bright notes and attention to detail will save your belongings from theft.
The call not to leave things unattended is not just about security from terrorists. Often thieves distract tourists with questions about how to get to the ticket office, check-in, how to get to the city or where to buy a card, and gullible. Secondly, the call not to leave things unattended is not only a matter of safety from terrorists and travelers are happy to help even more. ” lop-eared “colleagues. Especially if they speak the local language just as poorly. Do not be simpletons! Do not lose sight of your luggage, place heavy bags in front of you or hold it with your hand; you must push the trolley with many bags in front of you and see the whole thing during the stop. Because the accomplices of the “lost” do not doze off and easily grab the bags they like or save them from the wallet, credit cards and valuable electronics.
Avoid crowds and people who encounter you, pat, touch – for any, even the most noble purpose – things. There is a good chance that these are pickpockets, which, with jewelry precision, free pockets of tourists from wallets, phones and money. By the way, if your phone has been stolen, don’t think that the prepaid tariff will save you from expenses and all you can lose is $ 50 deposited to your account for roaming abroad. The technology of large amounts withdrawal has long been developed, in a matter of minutes several thousand dollars are debited from the account and it is impossible to get recognition from the mobile operator that they were stolen with the phone and not wasted by the tourist. At the same time, how you can go on credit with a prepaid tariff remains a great secret for ordinary people, but there are cases of such fraud if you have your phone stolen, you need to block a SIM card as quickly as a credit card.
The most dangerous for tourists are the pre-flight control tapes. Here, all personal belongings, documents, electronic devices, wallets and jewelry for a long time remain unattended by the owners, while crawling along the tape to viewing scanners. Since queues at metal detectors and scanners have long become the norm, letting go of your things is far from worth it. If you are flying in a company, send one of your comrades ahead, and then fuse things to him. Unfortunately, the guards are asking electronic devices to be laid up and left uncovered, and statistics show that even at a Frankfurt airport laptops disappear at least once a week during searches. What can we say about cell phones and communicators, which are so easy to hide in your pocket.