continued from "Tips on how to avoid Getting Robbed" - Part 3 - by Anne-Marie Dingemans
Even though you try to fit in with your environment, you stay in well-lit places, you don't wave wads of cash around, you can't entirely eliminate the risk that you do get pick pocketed or robbed. For example, I'm 6ft tall and blonde, I just have to accept the fact that I will never go unnoticed in a Central American country. So be prepared just in case, by making copies of all your important documents and leave one set at home and another set with you (preferably in a different place as where you keep the originals).
Tip 5: Have copies of all important documents
It won't prevent you from getting robbed but makes the process of replacing the documents much easier.
Most of the robberies occur without any type of violence. For many thieves, this is their way of living and they really don’t go about wanting to hurt people. They just want money. That said, equally as many criminals won’t have any qualms about resorting to violence to get what they want. So give it to them without resisting. It's useless and dangerous and really just not worth it.
Tip 6: Don't offer resistance
To return to my advice about money belts; the best way to protect your valuables is to let nobody know you have them with you. Therefore, when I wear my money belt, I always also carry a wallet with me with some cash and a card or so. My reasoning is; when I get robbed, I have something to give the attackers, and hopefully it won't occur to them to look further.
Tip 7: Have something to give
If you say you have nothing on you, it's not very believable and thieves also know money belts exist. You don't want them go looking for it.
To be continued...