Anyone travelling outside of their home country should understand some basic safety tips to avoid becoming the victim of a crime. There are a variety of crimes that can happen around the world even in the most beautiful locations, but if you use common sense and basic safety protocols, there shouldn’t be a problem in your travels.
If you’re travelling to a beautiful location like the peaceful shores of Port Dickson, you’ll most likely have to travel through large cities like Kuala Lumpur. It’s important that you understand ways to keep yourself and your belongings safe.
Avoiding Opportunistic Thieves
Make sure you’re taking extra precautions and are aware of your surroundings at all times. This will help you avoid being the victim of a pickpocket or worse. Keep your wallet in an inside pocket to avoid losing money and credit cards to thieves who can easily bump into you and steal your wallet. If you carry a purse, make sure it’s always zipped and kept close to your body. Never wear it on the shoulder that is closest to the street. It would be easy for someone to ride past on a bike or moped and steal it directly from your shoulder.
Unfortunately, many large cities have people who will prey on tourists. You’ll want to make sure you’re travelling by using the most affordable option during your vacation, but budget taxis are often where the worst scams are. Make sure your taxi driver turns on the meter to ensure you’re able to see exactly how much the ride costs. Even with the meter on, some drivers will take convoluted routes to get to the destination to increase the fare. Be knowledgeable about your route. Consider a GPS tracker or taxi app on your phone to help. There are taxi counters inside the airport that are able to provide coupons and dependable rides too.
In the busiest places of the city that is packed with tourists, you might see monks wearing robes asking for donations. Unfortunately, these monks are often fake. They claim to be collecting money for a charity like an orphanage, and they’ll often have books full of pictures to sell the scam. They can be persistent and slightly aggressive by pushing prayer medallions and cards into tourist’s hands. It’s best to politely decline their requests and walk away.
Children Selling Flowers
There are a lot of children selling items in these cities. Often, small girls are used to sell flowers to tourists who will feel bad for them. They aren’t aggressive, but they will plead and beg for tourists to buy a flower. Usually a caretaker will be nearby to take the money and give them more flowers to sell. It’s best not to be taken in by this tactic. Just politely tell them no when you are approached.
It’s important that you keep yourself safe while travelling, and avoid scams that could cause you to lose your money before you can get to your beautiful resort in Port Dickson.