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What to do after you are robbed?


Hobo Travel Tips
By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  029
DATE:  February 25, 2001
TIP:  What to do after you are robbed?
LOCATION:  Argentina

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What to do after you get robbed?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
I think that is how the saying goes. I am not sure who
said it, so I will blame it on Benjamin Franklin. I am sure
someone can tell me the history of this phrase.

There are time, when all the planning, prevention, care
in the world is not enough. YOU GET ROBBED.

Whether a 20 dollar bill by the maids,
or everything you own, getting robbed is not fun,
and for some very traumatic.

I received an Email from a person that was robbed.

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HERE IS THE EMAIL, WITH THE COUNTRIES REMOVED
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MessageType:     Problem
Username:        Chris XXXXX
UserEmail:       
UserTel:         xxxxxxxxxxxx or   xxxxxxxxxx
UserFAX:         
Date:            23 Dec 2000
Time:            20:15:23

Comments:

Hello, I am an WORLD citizen wow just went for a job interview in
A COUNTRY. I accepted the job, and to celebrate I extended my
trip with a lay over in A CITY for a few days. When I was being
dropped off at the Air line terminal the Taxi driver drove away with
everything I own. EVERYTHING. My suits, leather jackets, watch
,camera $1,000 in cash and my plane ticket. THE AIRLINE would
not let me fly home without my ticket. My parents had to wire me
$2,000 to get another ticket to come home. They also made away
with all of the Christmas presents I purchased. I bought all of these
items mainly with a check card, so I don't think that I am insured.
I am 24 years old and I don't have renters insurance either. My parents
do still help me pay my rent, I don't know if I might could be covered
under their homeowners or not. In all I lost around $14,000 and I
am devastated. If you have any ideas or help please call me even if
it is collect. Thank you. Happy Holidays---- ANYONES NAME

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   THIS COULD BE YOU, OR ME !!!

I ( Hobotraveler.com ) hear stories on a regular basis of people getting robbed.
Some countries, or some cities are worse than others, but the rules
are the same.
TREAT ALL THE COUNTRIES, AND THE CITIES THE SAME
The caution that you have in the most dangerous country will work
good in a safer country. ALL countries have crime.,

I have had the experience to talk with 2 people, that just got robbed of
Everything. They were angry, sad, maybe crying, and very scared.
They keep saying,
“What am I going to do?”
“What am I going to do?”
“What am I going to do?”

I ( Hobotraveler.com ) could tell stories of theft for every country visited.
Backpacks getting stolen is normal news.

I collect stories on how people got robbed. That I am slowly going to publish
on the internet. in the hope that real stories, can explain how to prevent
theft.

I have NOT had my backpack robbed YET --- 3 years.
If you have a story.
Please go to this link below, and SUBMIT you story directly to the page.
Please tell a HINT on how to prevent..
http://www.hobohints.com/danger.shtml

What happens in the modern, safe cities is the robber
get more, because the person feels safe to carry more.
This person was in one of them modern cities in Europe.
So what do I do. I just got robbed.
“What am I going to do?”
“What am I going to do?”
“What am I going to do?”

IF THEY STEAL EVERYTHING
People sometimes have everything stolen.
Some even have their clothes stolen.

PRIORITY LIST
(1) THE CRIME SCENE (Where it happened)
a. Talk to the people around you?
b. Make a reward for passport? Tell them you will pay
to get the passport, or other stuff back.
c. Ask other travelers for help, money, ride, room.


(2) GET STABLE, OR GET SAFE !!
a. Go into a hotel, and get a room. You are foreigner.
Tell them your story. Someone will help.
b. Borrow some money if possible from other travelers,
NOTE: (Foreigners asking for money walking down the street,
is a common SCAM. San Jose, Costa Rica, has this a lot )

IDEAS, IF YOU CANNOT GET A HOTEL
a. Sleep at the airport
b. Sleep at the bus station.
c. Beach
d. Talk to the jewelry salesman, or street vendors, they always know
how to live cheap.

(3) CALL HOME, OR CALL A FRIEND (Collect)
Call home, or you wife, or good friend. Tell them you are safe,
This will help you:
a. Relax and feel like you are not alone, and there is hope.
b. Start you friends, or family to organize to help you.
c. Tell them how to contact you, (Telephone number of hotel)

(4) WHAT INFORMATION TO COLLECT.
a. Where you embassy is, in that country.
b. Where to make a police report.
c. Where a Western Union office to wire money (My first choice)
d. How to wire money to a local bank (Have the owner of hotel, help you if possible)
e. Business CARD(S) of hotel. Telephone, Address
f. Where is the local internet cafe
g. List of your credit cards, banks, etc.
h. List of Plane tickets lost.
i. List of documents you need. Passport, Visa, Driver License, etc.

(5) NOW THAT YOU HAVE ALL THIS INFORMATION
CALL AGAIN
Call Collect. (Email is too slow now)

(6) CONTACT YOU OTHER FRIEND, AND OFFICES
This will make you feel good.

LIST OF PLACES
Airplane tickets
American Express office
ATM or Automatic Teller Machine, (Bank Machine)
Consulate
Credit Card
Embassy
Insurance
Internet Cafe
Police Station
Stores to buy clothes, and backpack.
Travel Agents
Visitors information center
Western Union

(7) GETTING YOUR MONEY BACK (Notes, and ideas)
Insurance:
a. Homeowners
b. Renters
c. Purchase travel insurance
http://www.hobotraveler.com/insurance.shtml
d. Insurance offered through credit card.

Stolen from Hotel, Bus, Airplane (Get them to pay)
    Tell them you are going to call...
Television
Newspapers
Go to the local tourist offices and do the same.

Considerations:
a. If you do not have anything of value, they will not get anything.
b. Insurance can cost more than the value of your backpack.
c. Prevention.... Have your friends subscribe to this newsletter.
I write about this stuff all the time. Forward to them.

WHAT IS THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN.
You do not know the telephone number of any friend, or family to call.
DO you carry around an address book?
If everything get stolen. your address book will get stolen !!!!

If your are saying to yourself.
“I am very smart”
You are the one who will get robbed.

HOW TO PREVENT?
Go to an internet cafe,

TAKE WITH YOU:
Address books
Airplane tickets
American Express offices in the country.
ATM cards
Birth Certificate
Consulates in the country
Credit Card numbers
Drivers licenses
Embassy in the country
Insurance documents
Passports
Travel Agents (yours)
Traveler check numbers
Visas for the country visiting
Western Union
and anything else I missed



SCAN THEM INTO THE COMPUTER
(NOTE: JPG format, or JPEG format ONLY)

EMAIL THEM TO YOURSELF as “ATTACHMENTS”
Yes you can e-mail to yourself.
I write myself daily

ASK FOR HELP. The internet places know how to do this.

Help other travelers. SUBMIT
INSURANCE LINKS (How to buy)
http://www.hobotraveler.com/insurance.shtml
HINTS ON INSURANCE (What to know)
http://www.hobohints.com/insurance.shtml

ARE YOU GOING ON VACATION SOON?
WILL YOU EVER GO ON A VACATION?
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS GOING ON VACATION?
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE THAT GOES ON LOTS OF VACATIONS?

FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO THEM (Now !!! )

Have fun! Life is Good!

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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