Prepared for extraordinary events from part II: Lost or stolen things

Developing a plan to help you avoid becoming a victim of a minor crime should be an important part of your travel preparation. Although most Caribbean holidaymakers enjoy sunbathing, they think through the game plan if your valuables are lost or stolen, making sure you have a nice memories to take home.

You will most likely be able to wear items of significance and value that are necessary for your travel, such as passports, identification, cash or other forms of payment, and other items that might pose some inconvenience if you place it incorrectly or theft during your trip. There are measures you can take to prevent theft of your valuables. And if your important things disappear, you can do something about it.

Steps to Prevention

In the Caribbean, pick-pockets and minor thefts are the most common types of crimes that include tourists. But according to some simple word advice you can avoid becoming a statistician by making complicated thieves to escape your valuables. Take the following tips to help keep your property safe while visiting the Caribbean.

First, do not leave yourself unnecessary by yourself blinking a lot of cash or preferring jewelry when you're on a Caribbean vacation. If you can help, try to travel with the smallest cash to prevent your money being stolen or lost without a trace. Credit cards and travelers and checks are often better choices for holiday abroad, as these forms of payment can be tracked and, if necessary, easily canceled. If your credit cards or travelers & checks are lost or stolen during your vacation, contact your financial institution immediately. You should be able to cancel a missing or stolen credit card and track all purchases made after it has been lost.

Do not leave important things unattended during your holiday. If your hotel room has a safe, use it to store valuables. Also, if you choose to go swimming on one of the beautiful beaches of your island or visit public spaces, including restaurants or casinos, do not leave any items like wallets, purses or other valuable personal belongings unattended because they can easily pick them up without it someone noticed. Always be aware of your surroundings and know where your personal things are, including passports, identification, money and jewelry. Thieves are less likely to feed tourists who seem to realize what's going on around them.

Travelers do not just have to worry about losing or theft of objects that are valuable, but they should also consider what to do if such important documents are lost because of passports, visas and identification or driver's licenses. These things are necessary to carry with you while traveling, but if you are lost or stolen during your holiday, you can face unexpected frustration on your way. Even if you take precautions to prevent documents from being stolen, it is still possible that you can disprove them.

If your passport or driving license is lost or stolen while visiting the Caribbean, please contact your local police as soon as possible. Also, contact the nearest embassy or delegate in your home country. Once you know that your passport, visa or identity card is missing, it is important that you inform the authority as soon as possible to protect yourself from possible identity damage. Notification of authorization is the first step to be taken when losing your passport or other important documentation. Then you have to ask for a replacement. You may not be able to receive a new Caribbean passport immediately, so you may need several other identification forms with you.

Although you are unlikely to be robbed during a Caribbean vacation, it is always better to be prepared for unexpected than to be caught. To learn more about safe travel in the Caribbean, visit the Caribbean Crime Guide for detailed information and helpful safety tips.

Source by Danielle Mitchell