This is a video of tourists walking away from the main train station, Roma Termini, in Rome Italy. You will see the female pickpockets right behind the mark, a man, attempt three times to remove his wallet from his travel bag. You will see that the tourist is not aware of the theft attempts until the third time. This is where a travel bag with anti-theft zippers would come in very handy.
1. Obviously you should never put items of value in outside pockets of you shoulder bags, travel bags or backpacks. As you just saw, once your travel bag, shoulder bag, or purse slides behind your back – it is like taking candy from a baby as far as a street thief or pickpocket is concerned. These pickpockets were able to remove items of value from these bags time after time without the victim ever knowing that the theft ever occurred.
1. If you do carry a travel bag, shoulder bag, or purse, use one that is has security zippers built into the bag. By using the security zippers, pickpockets cannot get inside the rear pockets of these bags without your knowledge. A variety of travel bags, shoulder bags, and purses are made with anti-pickpocket features such as security zippers, anti-slashing straps, anti-snatching straps, as well as wire mesh barriers woven into the bags materials so the bottom cannot be cut. Here are several security purses and travel bags that have these features. Additionally, you will find the same features on several security backpacks and security daypacks – Here are several to review, many with videos showing how they operate. As a low cost solution, consider putting a small lock on the zippers, or use a cable – anything that would prove to make it difficult for a pickpocket to un your bag pocket.
This is another great video that shows how female pickpockets work in groups. These are young girls who are obvious predators looking for vulnerable women (usually tourists) whose purses are “easy pickins” for the removal of their wallets or other valuables. You may have to watch this video several times to see all three young female pickpockets. Watch for the following: In the beginning, one of the female pickpockets has stolen a wallet from a woman, and is forced to give it back. 2. Watch later on how one of the female pickpocket’s break away from the group and tries to help a mature lady up the steps away from the fountain. 3. Watch how the one of the female pickpockets “hones-in” on a woman’s purse being carried by a woman close to the fountain’s edge. Also note that no one in this “sea of tourists” are even the slightest aware that these three pickpockets are operating in the crowd.
Just like before, if you carry a travel purse or travel bag, use one that have security zippers – or at least never let you purse fall to you side or behind your back. You can see how these predators are on a missing to find a un-protected purse that they can steal from. Here are several security purses and Travel bags that have these features. You may also consider wearing a security fanny pack that also have several anti-pickpocketing features built in such as security zippers, covered rear buckles so the pack cant be unbuckled from behind, steel cables woven into the rear strap so it can’t be cut off from the rear, to anti-slashing panels to prevent pack slicers. Here are a variety of security waist packs to consider.
Last, when you are in Rome and you have that urge to throw “three coins in the fountain” watch this video and it might give you second thoughts when you see where your coins end up.