After traveling all of my life, I recently experienced a purse theft while in the Rome, Italy at the train station. Yes, I understand that you’re probably thinking “why is she writing this article then?” These things happen and I know better than being distracted or as carefree as I was. Thankfully, I am safe and was not held up or killed for my belongings. One of my grandmothers had her purse stolen off of her arm to the point of a broken arm. People can be vicious, especially if they think we are vulnerable. And sometimes when we travel, we are very vulnerable. While I still don’t think of my situation as “being vulnerable”, thieves thought otherwise.

Here are ways that we can prevent theft while traveling worldwide:

  1. Make eye contact. When you think you’re being watched, make eye contact with the potential predator. Even if you’re wrong, it’s okay to be cautious and let the person know they have been seen.
  2. Take a photo of a potential thief and send it to someone. Make it known that you know they are there. And that you’re aware of their presence; this alone will scare off most predators.
  3. Maintain your personal space. Sometimes maintaining personal space part can be the most difficult but find a way to step away from the crowd or even turn around to make eye contact if you feel like you’ve been followed. In New York City and even Miami, I have turned around and asked, “can I help you?” to a person that I felt like may have been following me.
  4. Pull up addresses and directions. Get your act together before reaching public forums such as train stations, taxi cab line, or the street, pull up directions or addresses to avoid appearing distracted or
  5. Don’t be distracted. Avoid playing games, checking emails, or doing unnecessary things while you’ve got luggage or a purse with you. When I got robbed, I had consumed wine on the trip so I was probably not as alert as I normally would have been.

Cheers to your safety! May you never experience wasting precious moments on robbery or police report while traveling locally or abroad!

P.S. If there are additional tips that you recommend, please comment below. You never know when your comments could save a life or someone a lot of trouble.

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Christi Tasker
Christi Tasker For more than 10 years, Christi Tasker was a nationally acclaimed award-winning retailer and interior designer. While she treasured and nurtured her gift boutique and interior design company, she ultimately discovered her true passion – MARKETING and BRANDING! With an eye for detail that only comes from a skilled and experienced designer, Christi learned the secrets to creating a clear, concise brand – one both unmistakable and unforgettable − that would stand out from the crowd. The interest in marketing and branding for businesses actually had its beginning in her family. As did many devoted moms, Christi shadowed her then eleven-year-old daughter, Macy, whenever she ventured online. On one particular day, Christi had an epiphany as she watched Macy scour MySpace for any news in the virtual world of “Webkinz.” Christi placed an order for those lovable furry friends, with their special codes for use with online games, and when they arrived, she shared the news on MySpace, not knowing at the time that she had crafted her first social media campaign. When the college gates went down on Facebook, Christi immediately became one of the first non-college friends of Facebook. And more than just a casual user, she quickly discovered a side of Facebook that only programmers knew about – The Facebook Developer − full of options and tools to help companies better use the web. Christi quickly recognized that marketers either needed to be formally educated about social media or needed a partner to manage their sites. She launched a social media marketing company, which today provides social media branding, strategy, monitoring and training worldwide. Before long, she realized her ability to keep up with her many social media accounts was hampered by the lack of a suitable tool to keep everything in one place. Christi decided the best way to do a job properly was to “do it yourself” and developed PuTTin’ OuT (Socially Accepted) a set of tools to moderate, manage, create, schedule, and publish content, and automatically engage people, all in a single package. In early 2009, Christi began traveling nationally as a social media expert speaker for various brands and businesses, and today is a sought-after social media keynote speaker at the foremost conferences worldwide. she also appears on NBC as a social media advisor/expert.
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