Sunday, 10 January 2016

Holiday woes & preventing theft on your summer holiday

You can tell that the sun has come out here in England, as my last couple of posts have been very holiday inspired. I think it's fair to say that most people love a good summer holiday - whether you plan to stay by the beach, pool or check out the local sights. Of course, when you're on holiday you hope to have the time of your life, and create lasting memories for years to come. What you don't want, is a holiday tale of woe and theft to ruin your time.  When DPP Law got in touch to find out if I had ever been affected by such holiday woes, I thought it would be a great time to warn others and hopefully prevent anybody else going through what I did as well. 
While most of my holidays have been with my family, when I was a teenager I went to Spain for a week with my older cousin. She is far more outgoing than I am - and definitely more so when I was a gawky teenager, so she wanted to get up to all sorts. We went to water parks, out to pubs (where she loaded on the alcopops and I played it safe with some Fanta Lemon. During one excursion, we went out to a busy market which was filled with more swathes of fabric, colours and delicious smells than I could handle. I was already quite wary of needing to haggle and barter with the stall holders, but as the market was already crowded, I didn't realise that some pickpockets were deliberately bumping into people to steal their wallets. 
It wasn't until I found a perfectly reasonable stall with some braided friendship bracelets on them that I realised that my purse was missing. I told my cousin, and she shrugged her shoulders at me as if it was my own fault, or that I should have expected it. Since then, I've always tried to avoid heavily crowded places on holiday (and in general!) and I've tried to up my holiday savviness. Some of my tips include:
  • Never carry large amounts of cash on you. Just take what you think you'll need for that trip/day and lock the rest away in your hotel room. 
  • Make sure you have a secure day bag/handbag and keep it close to you at all times. If you or your partner carries a wallet in your pocket, keep it in the bag instead so as not to give pickpockets an easy ride.
  • We all go on holiday to have a good time, but always be wary when out drinking. Keep an eye on your drink and never leave it unattended. Also avoid having too much as this can make you an easy target for theft.
  • Be sensible when flashing your brand new camera about and wowing people with your latest new gadgets. Obviously don’t hide them away either, but maybe upload your photos to an online storage bank at the end of each day, just in case.
  • In the hot weather, it can be very tempting to leave a window or door open to keep you hotel room cool whilst you’re out. Bad idea, especially if your room is on the ground floor. Just get the air-con fired up once you get back and request a room on a higher floor for a bit of added security if you must.
Of course, I think a lot of these tips are pretty much common sense. You want to have a fun holiday, but by being a little bit wary of your surroundings, you could ensure something like a holiday theft doesn't happen to you. 

*Disclaimer: This post was a collaboration with DPP Law. Content written by myself.

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