Remember the best way to defeat pickpockets: Stop them from trying! If you give a pickpocket any opening, they will almost always be successful. Chances are they’ll be accessing your credit card before you finish your ice cream.
Ingredient #8 is as easy as falling off the monkey bars. Simply place your good stuff where the filch can’t see it. Since pickpockets almost always approach from behind, the least visible location in your bag is as low and rearward as possible.
The reason this ingredient is so helpful comes down to one word. Lastingness. Interval. Duration. Time. Pick any one of those words, just don’t pick my pocket. Rummaging around in a satchel to feel for credit cards or the cell phone, all the while taking care to avoid alerting the satchel’s owner, is going to take time. And time is the pickpocket’s greatest enemy.
So use this rule of thumb. Place your good stuff into its own security pocket if you have one, and also place as low and rearward as possible so the pickpocket (who certainly has their eye on you) can’t visually home in on their target.