Prevent pickpockets

There are some simple easy ways that a Solo Lady Traveller can minimize the your risk of, or prevent pickpockets and bag-snatchers from preying on you. They are plain common-sense. Or to put it less kindly, avoid the obvious dumb mistakes! A predator will always pick a soft target, so make sure you are not that person. Number ONE rule. Choose a bag with a solid bottom and sturdy straps. A common trick is to slit the bottom of a soft bag, so everything falls on the street. DO get a metal card case and keep your credit cards in it. They cost about $10. Cards are easy to read remotely now; I have on occasion had a transaction authorized in a shop before I have even taken my purse out of my handbag.
Carry bag on wall side
Carry bag on wall side
When in doubt or alone, wherever possible walk with your handbag towards the wall, ie away from the street, and walk close to the wall if you see a problem. This makes it hard to snatch your bag. This is important in parts of south-east Asia where motor-bike bag snatching can happen. HOLD ON to the straps of your bag at all times. Do not leave it swinging in a friendly manner over your shoulder. ZIP IT UP. I know it is nuisance, but zip it up every time you open it.
Please help yourself
Please help yourself
When you are in a restaurant or cafe, especially outdoors, do not put your handbag on a chair with the handles up. Either hook the handles around the arms of the chair or, preferably, tuck it firmly between your ankles. Keep your eyes open to what is around and behind you. If you are at all uncomfortable with who is behind you, stop and look in a shop window. Force them to pass you. Remember, your bag is between you and the wall. Walk firmly as if you know where you are going, especially at night. Even if you don't!
I like to donate too tthe needy
I like to donate too the needy
Be alert when taking photos. Typically you are very vulnerable because you have both ams up and not holding your bag, but of course it is ZIPPED UP.  
Pick me!
Pick me!
Do not, DO NOT walk along texting. Firstly, it is rude because you walk into people, and secondly, you may as well hold up a sign saying "No idea what is going on nearby, please help yourself". Do not arrive at the hotel door (if it is one that locks the door at night) and start hunting in your bag for the key. You should make sure you have the key in your hand before you leave your last public place eg restaurant. Finally, do not carry excess cash, or your passport unless you need it; leave it in the safe in your room.    
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