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Tips to avoid theft while thrifting in a local market

Hi, fam.
Happy Friday - yay!
How are we doing? And how is the month of May coming up?
This month seems to be going so fast and I'm wondering where the days are going to. I wish it could slow down honestly.

Our post for today is about how to avoid theft while thrifting in the market. It's so great to be back with another post about thrifting because it's my favourite thing right now and you can check my latest thrifts in my shop here. As well as my previous post on thrifting here.

how to prevent theft while thrifting in an african market

So we all know how crowded our markets can be at times. The major markets in Cameroon can get so crowded that thrifting or shopping can become such a pain. But we still do it for the love of it.

These crowds can be full with all types of people and pickpockets are no exception. It is necessary to protect your property and make your thrifting experience safe. Indeed dear! One can never be too careful.

You should take measures against pickpockets in the market. I will suggest the following:

- Don't keep all your money in one place. 

Separate the Money especially if it is a huge amount so that you don't lose it all in the case of theft.

- Never put your wallet, purse or money at the back of your pocket. 

If you do put it in the side pocket, make sure your hand never leaves your side in crowded places.

- Hold your bags and purses close to your body. 

Let the end of the zip of your bag be at your front and not behind to prevent your bag from being opened without your knowledge.

- Always take out or separate your transport fare 'to and fro' from your shopping money to avoid using up all the money and trekking home.

Trust me, you don't want to run into a shortage of money and become stranded in the market.

- Board taxis with a valid car number or work badge (or any other public document they should normally possess and make visible). 

Observing and taking note of such details may help you to avoid being robbed or possibly help you to recover your stolen property in case of robbery.

- Pickpockets may use tricks like pushing, rubbing themselves on you and try to act like they are in a hurry and need to pass ahead. 

If you notice such movements around you, stop for a while, check and hold on to your valuables.

- Watch out for distractions and walk away from them.

It may be a trick to steal from you.

- Another cool trick is to hold a handbag but put your money elsewhere. 

This may divert the attention of pickpockets who may go for searching your bag instead. My friend and I were fond of doing this especially in very crowded markets like Mokolo market in Yaoundé. A pickpocket was spotted by a taxi driver trying to search the bag and called our attention. We were more relaxed because the bag had no money. It served as a distraction.

Thrift days are my best days and I do the maximum to make it as secure as possible in order to enjoy it.

Tips to prevent theft while thrifting in a local market

What other security tips will you add to this list? Let's hear them in your comment.

Also, read:
My best days to thrift from a local market and why

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Tips to avoid theft while thrifting in a local market


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