Posted by Phone Card on August 13th, 2016
Lot of innocent U.S visitors had been attacked by street boys during the Rio 2016 Olympics. Many of them had lost their valuables including their Smartphones. Most of the Rio street boys are poor and they want some thing to sale and feed themselves. While the street boys on the bikes are well organized and target tourists and work with their learned tricks and skills.
To survive their attacks on the street you must be well prepared while don’t try to harm them as the police is always with them and will support them against a foreigner. First of all look the local people well and find what kind of dresses and foot wear they are using. Then go to near by small shops and exactly the same dresses with the patterns and colors. Then find the sandals that they are using and buy and wear them. Never buy from Departmental stores or boutique shops. If you happened to buy from there keep them to used in your own country. So try to look like as a local Brazilian man to avoid troubles.
Learn some words in Portuguese like – go away, don’t have, don’t like, why and so on.
Never carry your Smartphone in hands.
Don’t try to play Pokemon Go in Rio as someone else will grab your device and will play the game in some other place later.
Forget about the camera as you will invite the trouble.
Don’t wear foreign caps, sun glasses, fancy and expensive wrist watches, neck and hand chains made of gold.
Carry minimum amount of money that you will need and it is too to be placed in all pockets. Never carry your purse.
These will attract the street boys.
When going for some shopping, don’t go alone, go with some friends and don’t buy lot of things at a time. Don’t keep the bags in both hands. Hold them in one hand.
When coming out of the store don’t rush. Stay cool and look around for boys holding glue bottles or staying near to bicycles. If safe only hail a taxi otherwise get back in to the shopping center.
When climbing in to a bus don’t use both hands to hold the bars as the thieves wait for the moment to clean your pockets at the bus stands when both your hands are holding the side bars.
Local people may signal with their eyes about the dangers around you.
Also give care to look what the people are looking around them when waiting for bus, in market and so on.
If people look in to your eyes, say “Bom Dia” this what they are looking for. If any thing is wrong in that area they will signal to you.
Don’t accept offers from minor people as they are placed as traps.
When making calls from public phone booths look on the entrance side.
As a visitor go to the Corcovado in day time only.