Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home. Be especially cautious in or avoid areas where you are likely to be victimized, such as crowded subways, train stations, elevators, tourist sites, market places, festivals and marginal areas of cities. Beware especially of pickpockets. They often have an accomplice who will jostle you, or ask you for directions or the time, or point to something spilled on your clothing, or distract you by creating a disturbance.
A child or even a woman carrying a baby can be a pickpocket. Beware of groups of vagrant children who create a distraction while picking your pocket.
Generally, here are a few other tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable experience abroad:
And above all, if you are confronted, don't fight back. Give up your valuables. Your money and passport can be replaced, but you cannot.
(Adapted from the Department of State Publication 10942 Bureau of Consular Affairs.)