Many backpackers tend to carry their bags wherever they Might be going.
Thus, you should always keep it in sight. Furthermore, remember that there may always be someone waiting for to take your
eyes off them or sleep. If you feel sleepy, then make sure You have a way of attaching your bags to you by a lock or strap,
or keep them underneath you, i.e. your feet. Otherwise, you may as well hand your bag(s) over the closest person and just kiss it goodbye, as that is what you would be doing if you are not careful.
Do not make it easy for thieves by making yourself an Easy prey.
On the train, be alert at stops, when thieves can dash on and off? with your bag. When sleeping on a train (or at an airport
or anywhere in public), clip or fasten your pack or suitcase to the chair, luggage rack, or yourself. Even the slight
inconvenience of undoing a clip foils most thieves. Be on guard in train stations, especially upon arrival, when you may be
overburdened by luggage and overwhelmed in a new location. If you check your luggage, keep the claim ticket or key in your
money belt. Thieves know just where to go if they get one of these.
The metro, subway, and other public areas.
Crowding through the metro/underground turnstiles is a popular way to rip off the unsuspecting tourist.
Imaginative thief teams create a fight or commotion to distract their victims, especially in crowded markets and city buses
that cover the tourist sights. Use a waist pack or a neck pouch as a money belt and make sure it is concealed underneath your clothing.
The helpful local.
Thieves posing as concerned locals will warn you to store your wallet safely? and then steal it after they see where you
stash it. Some thieves put out tacks and ambush tourist drivers with their "assistance" in changing the tire. Others hang out
at subway ticket machines eager to "help" you, the bewildered tourist, buy tickets with a pile of your quickly disappearing
foreign cash. If using a station locker, beware a thief may have his own key to a locker he'd like you to use.
Two thieves in uniform? posing as "Tourist Police"? stop you on the street, flash their bogus badges, and ask to check your
wallet for counterfeit bills or "drug money." You won't even notice some bills are missing until they leave. Never give your wallet to anyone.
There are always going to be kids, who have been abandoned, and these are commonplace in the bigger cities, in Latin America,
a good example would be Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The only option is to learn to beg and to steal.