This is a video of tourists eating at a restaurant. One of the diners went to the bathroom and left her purse on a chair. You will watch a group of people walk by with one of them taking the purse. You may have to watch the video several times to see the theft
Any times you place your purse down, no matter how close it is to you, or who you ask to watch it if you have to walk away from it briefly, know that it can be easily stolen as seen on these videos. In the first video, you can see how the group of thieves blended into the location looking at items on the back wall. That’s all one of the thieves needed to talk the purse that was unattended. In the second video you saw how the purse was stolen in a hotel lobby of a nice boutique hotel. The thief was watching the victim to see if she would put her purse down and she did. This is where having a purse or travel handbag with a detachable purse strap like these would have been a great way to prevent this type of theft. If you need to set your purse down, someone needs to physically watch it.
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 get into your purse or travel bag’s compartment.
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.