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How to keep thieves from swiping your belongings at the beach this summer

- Summertime is here and that means sun, sand, and surf. Unfortunately thieves love the beach as much as you do. So what do you do to keep your smartphone and other valuables safe while you are in the water? Here are a few tips.

Take as few valuables as you can; only bring the essentials. Leave your jewelry and extra cash or credit cards at home. Keep your belongings out of sight in a nearby dune, with the wait staff at a nearby restaurant, or with a trustworthy fellow beach goer.

Look for families with kids or older couples and avoid teenagers and solo men.

Watch your belongings while you unload your car. It's the perfect time for a thief to strike. Don’t leave your bag unattended on the ground while you reach in for your boogie board. Carry your key in a secure pocket in your board shorts or bathing suit. Do not just leave them in the wheel well of your car. Also leave your fob at home in case a thief does swipe your keys he can’t just go to the parking lot and click around until he finds your car.

Invest in a waterproof wallet, bag, and cell phone case so that you can bring your valuables in the water with you. If you are in a group, take turns going in the water and leave someone to watch guard over your things. Be alert and observe your surroundings.

Nothing is ever 100% safe, even if you stay at home. But as long as you’ve followed these tips you should be able to get a little R&R. I mean you’re at the beach for goodness sake!  

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