If you’re making your way back to bars and restaurants after COVID-19, there’s something else to watch out for in bustling areas: having your phone or wallet swiped. With more and more people returning to their pre-pandemic routines, some opportunistic criminals have taken advantage of the increase in foot traffic, targeting the valuables of unsuspecting and distracted customers in popular South Florida nightlife locations. If you are a victim of pickpocketing or any crime, don't hesitate to call the police. Your information may be the key to making an arrest and stopping future crimes.
Thankfully, protecting yourself from a pickpocket thieves is not as difficult as you would think; just a few precautions can be enough to give you peace of mind and confidence while enjoying your time out.
YouTube video of pickpocket thieves caught on camera.
Common Misconceptions about Pickpockets
What can you do to protect yourself? The best protection is to eliminate the opportunity of becoming a victim in the first place.
Tips if you have pockets
Tips for purses and wallets
Tips for cell phones
Cell phones keep getting more and more expensive and there is a market for stolen Apple and Android phones. Even less expensive phone models are attractive targets since someone is always willing to buy a phone at less-than-retail prices. Our mobile phones store much of our personal information including banking and credit card data. Remember the tips below to prevent your phone from being stolen. Additionally besides "Find My iPhone" or "Find My Google" there are new "Anti-Theft" apps that one can install to help stop a thief in their tracks or at least help the authorities pinpoint a phone's location, similar to LoJack for a vehicle; although they are not 100% fool-proof.
Tips for Travelers
No one ever expects to have their vacation or business trip interrupted by a criminal act, but there are additional precautions that you can take to help ensure a safe, enjoyable trip:
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