How to stay safe when travelling to big cities

Trust your instincts

Travelling to big cities can be very intimidating. Your best tool is your gut. If you get a bad feeling, remove yourself from the situation.

Keep within view of the public

Remember that there is often safety in numbers. Don’t allow yourself to be lured down a private road that leaves you vulnerable.

Keep your phone in your pocket and valuables out of sight

Unless you are taking a picture or actively using your phone, walking with it in your hand is a bad idea. Replacing a phone in a foreign country is very difficult especially if you have to do it in a foreign language.

If you are staying in Birmingham city centre serviced apartments you can always leave your valuables at the apartment and know that they are secure. Otherwise, don’t flash your goods around. Pickpockets are always on the lookout for what they can take.

Record serial numbers

Should you be the unfortunate victim of theft or any other crime when overseas, you will need to find the nearest British Embassy, commission or consulate according to If you have the serial numbers of your stolen tech, you are going to find it much easier to deal with your insurance company when it comes to replacing the goods.

Travel with your backpack in front of you

When using public transport, you should keep your bag in sight and have both arms covering the bag. Bags on the back need to be covered with mesh. There are some great anti-theft bags on the market that have been designed to keep belongings safe.

Prepare for your trip and be vigilant

The best thing you can do before you leave is to be prepared. Read up about what you should be aware of in tourist-heavy areas. Having a safe place to lay your head such as is essential. If you have a base that you can securely lock-up you will feel more confident once you hit the streets.

Travelling should be fun and knowing that you and your goods are safe will give you the self-assurance to make the most of your trip. By being vigilant and taking the necessary precautions, you will be able to make the most of your holiday without wasting time reporting and replacing stolen goods.