How to Protect Yourself Against Pick-Pockets

David Miller
Beyond The HeadlineAugust 20, 2013

How to Protect Yourself Against Pick-Pockets
How do you protect yourself against pick-pockets? ABC News’ Gio Benitez met a self titled professional scoundrel in Times Square named Simon Lovell to give us some advice.

Always be aware of your personal surroundings. Most people in Times Square are taking video, they’re on cell phones, or they have music playing on headphones, you have to be paranoid and aware. There are people who are out to get you, especially in crowded tourist areas, to keep them away from you always be aware of your surroundings.

Also, never keep all of your money in one place. Split up your cash between different pockets and your bag, that way if a thief is able to steal some of it you will have some left. But don’t carry around too much cash. Some people prefer to pay with cash, but in a big city you can pay for most things with a credit card and if your credit card is stolen, it’s harder for someone to use and you can call the bank and cancel it immediately.

So always be aware of your surroundings, split up your money, and use credit cards instead of cash. And finally, always watch your cell phone, it’s the most frequently stolen item in the world today.