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Muggings?

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1. Posted by andifras (Full Member 55 posts) 11y

I'm hearing alot of stories about people being mugged while travelling! Does it happen that often?? I'm scared! I want to go to OZ or NZ, are they common there. aghh

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I think (unless your in a war-torn area) that all larger cities are the same. Just use common sense. Don't flash your money around. Don't wear expensive jewelry or flaunt high end cameras/ipods/computer equipment etc. Don't walk alone at night. Stay away from the seedier areas of town...the usual safety tips:) You should be just fine! :)

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

I think (unless your in a war-torn area) that all larger cities are the same. Just use common sense. Don't flash your money around. Don't wear expensive jewelry or flaunt high end cameras/ipods/computer equipment etc. Don't walk alone at night. Stay away from the seedier areas of town...the usual safety tips:) You should be just fine! :)

This reply looks so familiar!

4. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

deja vu ;)

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting andifras

I'm hearing alot of stories about people being mugged while travelling! Does it happen that often?? I'm scared! I want to go to OZ or NZ, are they common there. aghh

It might pay to be aware that drink-spiking does occur in parts of Australia, especially with single women. Don't leave your drink unattended. Also be wary of accepting drinks from others. "Friends" have been known to play tricks on each other. They won't necessarily make sure you get home okay.

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I think that has happened all over in the past few years..I think it is the new form of 'getting a girl drunk to take advantage of her', just common sense type stuff...When I am in a new place I ask for bottled drinks and ask the waiter to bring it to me UNopened..that way you can be sure no one has tampered with it. You have to be a bit more aware when you are travelling alone, but it doesn't have to be scary! Enjoy yourself, just be smart about it! :)

7. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member 73 posts) 11y

andifras: I would be very suspicious of someone wanting to make friends with you right after you have been to the open air ATM. A simple act of kindness by a stranger can be a ruse or it can be a friendly meeting. It is your intuition to decide which is which. If you are in an area that you feel is not safe then it probably isn't.

JAC

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Andifras, it's nothing to worry about. Sure, there are occassional muggings in Australia? Are there none in Scotland? Common sense is all you need to be as safe here as you would be back home.

9. Posted by aussie_lad (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Quoting andifras

I'm hearing alot of stories about people being mugged while travelling! Does it happen that often?? I'm scared! I want to go to OZ or NZ, are they common there. aghh

Just make sure you don't turn into one of those "it will never happen to me" type of people (much like myself, who awoke during a train trip to Barcelone minus a wallet)! Dont carry heaps of cash in your wallet, and take a moneybelt...all that stuff that everyone has told you already I am sure! :)