If you’re using your phone while out in public, it’s more likely to be snatched from your hand as you’re not paying attention to your surroundings. Try and keep phone use while walking from A to B minimal and keep it out of sight.
Never leave valuable items on the table of a restaurant or bar, especially outside. Thieves can snatch items in a blink of an eye.
Use your device’s security features, apps or PIN locking mechanisms to protect your data and prevent the device being used if stolen.
Track it. Consider installing a tracker app on your smartphone. They’re readily available. If your mobile’s ever stolen, act promptly.
Remember, if a location doesn’t look or feel right then steer clear.
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Thieves will watch as you key in your PIN or try to distract you while you’re withdrawing cash. Be vigilant. Cover your PIN and keep an eye on your card at all times
If someone is acting suspiciously around an ATM machine, walk away and go elsewhere. Alternatively, go directly into a bank to withdraw money and keep a regular check on your transactions.
Make your bank aware straight away if there are any transactions appearing on your statement that you haven’t made.
When you've left an ATM, put your card away immediately.
You should also be careful with contactless cards. You can get a card holder to prevent your card details being inadvertently read.
Do keep purses and bags closed and secure at all times
Do carry bags in front of you or diagonally across your chest..
Do return cards to your purse or wallet quickly and zip it up or button it
Do conceal your purse or wallet in a buttoned or zipped pocket where it doesn’t bulge
Do keep a list, separate from your wallet and phone, of contact numbers of family in case your phone is stolen
Do keep a photocopy of your airline tickets, passport, credit cards and any other documents that would be impossible or inconvenient to replace if stolen
Don’t hang stuff on the back of a chair while out in public
Don’t place your belongings out of sight on the floor
Remember, having a zipped bag doesn’t mean you’re totally safe. Thieves have been known to walk behind victims while slowly unzipping bags. So, never underestimate a pickpocket.