Raise your hand if you have ever been the victim of a pickpocket or mugger when on a trip. Unless you are currently on your trip and in a public space – then keep your hand safely over the flap of your bag and just nod in agreement.
In a thread about the usefulness of money belts over on the Rick Steve’s forum, Charlie makes an interesting observation:
I have read numerous accounts from folks who were pick pocketed or purse snatched who were not wearing a money belt correctly. I have never read a report from someone who was wearing a money belt correctly that they were pick pocketed from their money belt.
The discussion seems to be split about 50/50 between travelers who wear money belts and those who choose not to. Up until reading this thread, I counted myself in the money-belt-seems-unnecessary category and preferred to keep my wallet in my front pocket and camera/phone/what have you in a zipped bag. But some of the stories of pickpocketing attacks have me reconsidering my approach.
I have a good friend who has traveled extensive in Europe … He keep everything – and I mean everything including wife’s passport – in his front pocket. A fat bundle held together with a big rubber band. “No way anyone could get it from my pocket without my knowing it.”
On his fifth trip in the Paris train station – they got it – everything. O’ he was correct. They didn’t get it without him knowing about it. It is just that when he became aware, he could not react fast enough. ~Frank
A group of nice looking college age girls started shoving everybody on the subway and were pushing my daughter off of the subway. I grabbed her arm and refused to let go, hurting her and frustrating the girl behind me who was shoving. I screamed at her and then suddenly she and her friends were gone. Before all of us on the car were done processing what the heck had happened, somebody picked up a wallet from the floor and asked who it was. The shocked couple right in front of me gasped. Their money was gone. ~rankster
While the likelihood of this happening to you is low, the possibility is worth guarding against if only because it would be exceptionally problematic to have your valuables taken during a trip – particularly an international trip.
Do you use a money-belt when you travel? Or do you have other methods you utilize to keep your valuables safe? If so, please share.
And if you have been pickpocketed or mugged when traveling, please share that experience as well – including details as to how the criminal act was carried out.
Read the thread in its entirety: Ok, I’ll fess up. No money belt.