My Pickpocketing Experience

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What Happened & How you can Avoid It

Back in May, I went to Ireland for 2 weeks for my first international solo trip. It was the most exciting 15 days of my life and I don’t regret a single decision I made during my trip. On my 5th day in Ireland I went clubbing with a group of people from my hostel and after the club closed, my wallet was gone. I had found myself the victim of pickpocketing.

This is the second part in my Ireland series so check out my 4 Day Dublin Itinerary, the first part, if you haven’t already! I want to share the story of how I was pickpocketed because I want others to know that sometimes it just happens. I am not the first to get their wallet stolen, and I won’t be the last. I hope that by sharing what happened to me and how I handled the situation will help you.

I live in suburban Ohio when I’m not traveling, so the concept of clubbing is foreign to me. I went on my trip to Ireland with the intent of going to a few bars but didn’t really think of clubbing. So, when the opportunity arouse, I took it. If I have learned anything from traveling it is that sometimes you just need to let go and live in the moment. So, there we went to Dicey’s Garden Club.

Without a doubt recommend Dicey’s to anyone visiting Dublin and wanting to club. They had an outdoor dancefloor along with an indoor section with Top 40 hits for the most part. But once you get a few drink in you, it’s fun. But back onto how my wallet got stolen – it happened after closing.

I picked up my jacket, grabbed my wallet from one of the girls I came with and we made our way outside to grab a cab. There wasn’t anything special about how I was pickpocketed and to be honest I’m not sure what exact moment it happened. The next thing I know we’re in the cab pooling our cash together before leaving for the hostel where I notice my wallet is gone.

I put my wallet in my jacket pocket which I left open. That was my mistake. I began to freak out so me and the two others in the cab with me got out. We began scanning the sidewalk, then got back into the club and looked through every room. We never found it. I then began to do what any girl at 4am in a foreign city would do after getting their wallet stolen, I cried. After, I called my dad who was 5 hours behind asking for help. He told me to go to the Garda where I could file a police report.

As I was still in tears, trying to hold myself together the boy, Timo, from the group I was with came with me to the Garda to help make sure the situation is properly explained. The Garda took about a half-hour and the officer took note of what was stolen and gave me a copy of the report for my insurance company.

What was Pickpocketed:

  • My gray “Hershels” wallet
  • My ID
  • Visa Debit Card
  • Visa Credit Card
  • 20 Euros

Fortunately, with the power of technology, I was able to block my cards from purchases, but this left me without any cash or a way to pull out cash. I did not take my passport out with me, so I was fortunate. Although I’m not sure how many take their passport out when they’re going for a night of drinking.

Tips I now Follow When Going Out:

  • Don’t put your wallet in an unzipped pocket, even if just for a minute when grabbing a taxi
  • Be aware of your surroundings!
  • Carry only the cash you need for the day (or night). By leaving your card at the hostel, not only will you be keeping to a budget but if something does happen to your cash you can easily take care of the issue.
  • And if you do need your credit card, put it inside your phone case. I have an iPhone and 1 card can fit between my case without looking like a card is there. I know that I’m able to watch over my phone more so my card is safe with it.
  • If you don’t have a case on your phone that can fit your card, stick it in your handy dandy and somewhat gross boob pocket. OR invest in a money stash that’ll attach to your bra strap.
  • I’m one of those people who hates carrying a purse, so I’ll find any way to not have to carry a bag, but I did purchase a bag for my trip. It worked amazingly as it had a locking mechanism.

Pickpocketing happens everywhere, and no matter how confident you feel it might just happen. I tried my hardest to prevent being pick pocketed, but I let my guard down. Fortunately, I was able to make the best of a bad situation and I’ll talk more about that in my next Ireland installment.

If you’ve enjoyed this segment of my Ireland series please share with friends, give it a like, and follow my blog and social media. I hope to be able to share all my advice as I’ve spent many hours scouring the internet and books for the best of the best. I want to help you have the best trip possible and hopefully this motivates you to travel safely!

Looking for more travel safety tips? I wrote an entire post about it here, go check it out!

Until Next Time,

ohrosetravels

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