How to Prevent Beach Thefts and Pool Thefts

Thefts at beaches and pools increase during the busy vacation season. Tourists leave their wallets, cell phones, cameras or other valuables on the beach while they go for a swim.  Most think they don’t have an alternative but to leave their property. Some are clever enough to “hide”  their valuables under a towel but in a blink of an eye, their property can be picked up and gone.  Thefts at beaches – also called beach blanket thefts, or blanket thefts, happen at beaches all around the world. To understand how much of a problem this is, simply search in Google the terms “beach thefts” and you will find countless reports of beach thefts from most tourists beach destinations.

And don’t think you are safe when traveling internationally.  Theft from travelers visiting some of the top beach destinations in the world has been an issue for years.  For example, in Rio de Janeiro has been dealing with this problem for years.  In past years, it was not unusual to see gangs of young people – many suddenly sweep over the beach, stealing phones and snatching jewelry.

The following are a few recent reports of thefts of property from people visiting public pools or beaches.

In Rio this is called an arrastao, or dragnet. In one incident captured by this video featured on the Globo network, you can see these types of thefts in action.  It’s also really difficult for the police to work on the beach because the beach is really large and there are lots of people on the beach. They cannot run on the sand.” These dragnets were a huge problem in Rio in the 1990s. The fact that they are back, Rio residents say, points to an uptick in crime in the city by the sea.

Video of Beach Thefts in Rio de Jameiro

An obvious solution to prevent these thefts is to head to the beach with at least another person so someone could always keep watch of valuables while the other is in the water, but this is not always the most fun or practical way to enjoy the water.

Solutions for Beach and Pool Security

An obvious solution to prevent these thefts is to head to the beach with at least another person so someone could always keep watch of valuables while the other is in the water, but this is not always the most fun or practical way to enjoy the water.

Vacation Vault

3 Dial Vacation Vault

 

 

Plan ahead and pack some type of security gear so that your time in the sun will be worry free. You can elect to use portable safes that include steel cables so that you lock down to a stationary item or beach chair.,  To see more of these beach safes, click here.

The benefit of this type of safe is you can use it in other environments such as your hotel, car or home as well. It’s not just gear for your annual vacation.

 

 

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Aqua Vault No Cable

 

 

A favorate for travelers who want to secure items to a pool chair is the aqua vault. It is well made and works in many situations besides the pool, check it out here.

 

 

 

 

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Waterproof Waist Pack Keeps Valuables Dry

 

Others might find that carrying their valuables with them in the water is the best and safest way to protect them. The newest styles of waterproof gear are extremely reliable and rated for water-fastness. No soggy passports or ruined phones! And with so many styles to choose from you’re bound to find one just the right style and size. Click here to see a selection of our favorite water-proof gear.