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Pickpocketing prevention tip

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Lots of people visiting Europe are extremely worried about pickpocketing as though it did not exist in their own country. Well, it exists just about everywhere but at home you are not nearly as distracted by things as when you are a tourist.

One effective prevention method is the "Velcro solution" but frankly who wants to put Velcro on every pocket flap or bag or backpack?

I have found another method extremely effective: the plastic bag. They come in all sizes and thickness so they can be adapted to just about every situation. If you stuff a small plastic bag on top of anything in your "interesting" pockets, it will confuse and thwart just about anybody with an agile hand. If you flatten a plastic bag over the contents under the zip opening of a backpack or handbag, it will prevent the items underneath from being snatched.

Plastic bags are becoming rare in many places for ecological reasons, but a wad of paper or a couple of sheets of newspaper are equally efficient.

I will not claim that this is 100% effective because your personal vigilance is required as well, but these methods will certainly help you to protect your stuff without the purchase of super duper expensive bags or special anti-theft travel apparel.

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