“Is Europe safe?”
This is the question which is most frequently asked about traveling in Europe. Compared to most Asian countries, actually, the safety in Europe could be really worrying and depressing. However, in this article, we are going to clarify 5 most common tricks and fraud you might bump into when traveling in Europe, and suggest the solution if you, unfortunately, encounter any tricky situation.
Keep them in mind, traveling in EU might be more reassuring than ever.
The lucky bracelet is supposed to be known as a common trick while traveling in Europe. This kind of trick usually appears around the popular touristic spots. You will see some people hanging around and then suddenly come to you, forcing you to wear a “luck bracelet” on your wrist. When facing into these people, please ignore them as soon as possible and leave the place.
Signature for charitable donations might be often seen on the road or even the airport. Some people will ask you for signing the petition to help the poor or the blind, they might even pretend themselves as the blind. After you sign the paper, they will ask you to give them money. Or sometimes, when you are signing on the paper, some of them will try to put their hands in your pocket or bag to take money or belongings.
There are many street performances in European cities. However, once the performers invite you to play the three-card monte with him/her, you must put yourself up in guard. Usually, they will let you win the first round and then charge you afterward.
Crowded metro station is the best place ever for a crime scene. Be careful, the pickpockets in Europe might be a group of kids, a man or a woman, some even pretend to be a tourist asking you the direction, or pretend to be a police to check your ID card. Please assure that no one touches your bags and tries to put wallet, ID card, cell phones deep inside your bags. They prefer working in a group or a gang; while one is talking to you to distract you, the other will try to steal your phone and wallet.
Sometimes you might be upset for the long queue waiting for the museum entrance or the train station. This moment, there might be people coming to you and ask “I can buy you a ticket, do you want one?” - Please DON’T SAY YES out for the small advantages. They might give you the fake ticket and sell you at an unreasonable price.
Try to get a seat when you are in the metro or the bus. Sitting down could keep you safer from the unstable and dangerous condition.
If you stay near the door on the metro or the bus, you would keep yourself in an attractive position for the pickpockets and thieves since they could easily take your things away and then get off the train right before the doors close.
Always put the bag in front of you or put them in a belt-bag. You never know who would unzip your bag in a second.
Some people will ask you if you could speak English or not. Just avoid them, and you don't need to answer the questions at all.
Be sure of having travel insurance before you start your trip. Everything is unpredictable.
After reading the common tricks and fraud above, you are supposed to know what to do when facing the situation now. First of all, don't panic and always be calm, if something serious happen or your passport is stolen, please don't hesitate to contact your embassy in the country you stay for the civil service.
Wish you all safe and enjoyable trip!