Cell phone theft is something to be concerned about both at home and especially when traveling. Imagine losing your method of communication, photos, images of your passport stored on your phone, and other private information including all your contacts!
Watch these videos of cell phones being stolen. Learn from watching thefts so you don’t become a victim. After watching the videos read on for tips and advice for keeping your cell phone on your person and out of the hands of thieves and con artists.
These short videos captured actual cell phone thefts in action. See how easy it is to steal an expensive cell phone. Some of these cell phone theft videos show snatch and run thefts, and others you may have to watch a few times to see the exact moment a skilled distraction thief steals the victim’s phone while the thief is talking directly to the victim.
Video # 1 Fake petition – cell phone theft scam
Video # 2 Two female thieves stealing an iPhone from a restaurant table
Video # 3 Team of female pickpockets using a young 7-year-old child to steal an iPhone
Video # 4 Cell phone theft on a Hungarian subway
Here are a few tips to help keep your cell phone safe from theft while traveling
1. Know Your Surroundings
Situational awareness is very important when it comes to preventing the theft of cell phones. As you saw by many If you’re thinking of using your phone in a public place, take a look around. As you saw in the videos, cell phone thieves look for people who are not paying attention to their surroundings.
2. Cell Phone Anti-Theft Carry and Storage Options
Sometimes you need to safeguard your cell phone, but don’t know where to store it because you don’t want to carry a travel bag, purse, or you are wearing shorts or pants that don’t have pockets. Here are a few anti-theft cell phone bags and gear to help you keep your phone secure when it’s not in use.
At The Beach
When you’re at the beach, where can you store your phone? Consider one of a number of waterproof cell phone pouches that will do the trick. From waterproof waist packs, waterproof cell phone cases, waterproof neck, belt, or armbands will let you take your phone with you and keep it dry. If you don’t want to keep it on your person there are many secure options such as portable beach and pool safes, locking beach bags, as well as small portable safes that secure to your beach or lounge chair.
Cell Phone Security Pouches for When Your Pants or Shorts Don’t Have Pockets
If you don’t have pockets, and you don’t want to carry a purse or travel bag, you have several options to carry your cell phone and other small valuables. The Tube Wearable Waistband is a stretchy fabric waistband that you wear around your waist under your shirt and has several pockets that will hold your phone. Women have several cell phone security ideas to pick from, You can see ideal styles here.
If you don’t want to carry your phone in your pocket and want something a little more secure and not as visible, consider the Belt Loop Wallet, which is a pouch that you attach to your belt and wear it concealed in the inside of your pants.