Have you ever gone to the beach and wondered what should I do with my phone, camera, or keys while I’m in the water? You’re not alone and thefts at the beach are common, especially in popular tourist destinations. The only way not to lose something to theft is not to bring it in the first place. Since that is not always possible the next step is to try to thwart the efforts of would-be thieves by keeping your valuables on your person (in waterproof gear) while you swim or stroll along the shore. The next option is to lock down your gear in bags you can lock down to a stationary item like a lounge chair or umbrella. See these videos that capture how theft happens and get inspired to protect your valuables before you pack your sunscreen and towel.
Beach Theft Prevention Tips
- The first thing to you can do to protect your valuables is never leaving them unattended. Especially when you go into the water or doze off to catch a few winks.
- If you have to leave items of value, place them under your towel. Leaving them in an unlocked bag that is not tethered down invites a thief to take the whole bag.
- Store small, necessary items like your car key, spare cash and credit cards and even your phone or tablet inside a waterproof pouch you can carry on your person. Yes, you can go into the water with your phone on your person. Make sure your waterproof pouch is secured to your body as closely as possible so that a wave doesn’t pull it off.
- Use a portable locking safe. Certain bags can be secured to a stationary item like a chair or umbrella, or another immovable object. The Pacsafe Travelsafe X15 Anti-Theft Portable Safe that secures essentials in many environments including the beach or pool, you just need something to lock it to like a lounge chair or beach umbrella. Another bag with built-in locking technology is the CoolBag Locking Anti-Theft Travel Tote With Insulated Cooler with its anti-theft features plus built-in cooler. It keeps things secure and cool, again you just need something to lock the bag to. Click on the photo to see how this beach bag works to protect your valuables when left behind on the beach or at the pool plus keep beverages hidden and cool!
- Try to go into the ocean in shifts so someone is always watching the valuables. If you can’t do this, read on for various suggestions to protect unattended valuables.
- Set your towel down close to a lifeguard tower when possible, with the hope is that thieves won’t want to operate near someone who might catch them in the act of stealing while you go into the water.
- Don’t leave your valuables exposed – if you must leave your valuables, at least, tuck them under a beach towel. If the item is larger, dig down a little in the sand so the towel remains flat when placed over it. If you have electronics place them in a large zip-lock style bag and bury it, then cover with a beach towel. The bag protects the electronics from the sand. If you do this, make sure the bag is completely sealed. We like weather and water-proof cases specially designed for 100% protection against water and sand. These bags are stronger than plastic food storage bags.
- Strike up a conversation with a family near you. Make sure people remember you, and don’t be shy about asking them to keep an eye on your stuff for short periods of time. If you’re generous about sharing things like cold drinks, you can generate enough good will to ensure your possessions are watched over even when you’re not there. If you ask another beachgoer to watch your property, remember, you don’t know who they are, nor that they would watch your property as much as you would so make sure you think this idea thru – but at least it is an option if you had no other choice and at least you are selected the person. Most people really don’t mind, and they might even ask you to return the favor.
- Take or rent a beach chair and use it to attach a portable safe to or place your beach bag directly underneath it, making it more difficult for a thief to grab it and run.
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