Suspicious behavior can happen anywhere — malls, schools, family reunions — but it seems to happen more often in places that involve confusion. Airports, train depots, busy city sidewalks, and tourist locations are prime places for the confused, places where people are too busy trying to get from place to place to take notice of those lurking in the corner.
Those of you who travel are often the victims of petty crimes. With a little vigilance, however, you might find it easier to spot the suspicious before the suspicious spot you.
Watch Out For People Who Appear Overly Helpful
Not every Good Samaritan should fall under a veil of suspicion, but many con artists use a helpful appearance to get what they are after. Some may tell you that you have mustard or ketchup on your pants, stealing your wallet as they help you wipe it off. Some may tell you that you have a phone call, only to steal your things when you are occupied. Some may say you look lost and offer to help you find your way, only to find their hands with your purse in the end.
The best way to stop these kinds of people is to simply be cautious. Be careful of those offering assistance, and — if you feel they are more interested in helping themselves than helping you — politely decline.
Beware Of People Who Are Following You
In an area that is not crowded, it’s rather easy to notice if someone is following you: you can spot them with ease. In a populated area, however, you may not notice the person who seems to be every place you go, walking into the same coffee shop, looking inside the same bookstore, and taking the same escalator.
If you notice someone that appears to be every place you are, and this continues for a lengthy amount of time, it’s best to air on the side of caution and assume you’re being followed - and probably not for a noble reason. If you can’t lose your follower yourself, then seek out security and voice your concerns. It’s better to be safe than to be sorry - or mugged.
Be Cautious of People Who Are Acting Really Weird