Do you remember pick pockets?

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
March 5, 2008 8:14pm CST
Here's something we seldom think of these days, but the way things are these days...boy, it sure would be "lucrative" to the pickers! Back packs, open purses and sitting at Starbucks and dealing with a laptop - all eyes are off the back pack/purse..... This is way I always carry my cash in my pocket nad put my keys on a ring that has a clip to hook them to my belt loop - if I get mugged, they don't get much, and if they pick my wallet - again, they don't get much more than my insruance cards and a few membership cards. http://travel.howstuffworks.com/pickpocket.htm
6 responses
@arkaf61 (10884)
• Canada
6 Mar 08
Do I ever!!! I used to live in Europe LOL I got used to have an inside pocket for money and special documents. If the garment didn't have one, then I would make it. It was so much safer that way:) MY purse had only unimportant stuff that I couldn't care less if it was stolen or not. That's also about the same time I got used NOT to have a wallet hehehehe When traveling I used to have a belt or one of those "wallets" that you hand from your neck and stays always close to you. And at the beach I don't usually take much money to the beach but again I used one of those little round things with a cord that you wear like a necklace. I"m so used to do this that I don't even think about it , it's automatic.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
6 Mar 08
Shame we are so used to having to do this! I too am very careful - never had even a close call but still, always on the aware. Maybe that is why I haven't had a close call - I'm not accessible! I just see so many women with their pursees open, and younger people with their back packsjust sitting there open... just inviting trouble!
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
7 Mar 08
Oh for the good old days!
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@arkaf61 (10884)
• Canada
7 Mar 08
Yes... the good old days hehehehe
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@gemini_rose (16193)
6 Mar 08
A couple of weeks ago, my friend was shopping, she had an over body handbag and as she was looking through a rail full of clothes she was dismayed to suddenly feel her handbag go light, she knew instantly that her purse had been lifted because it was heavy and the only thing in her bag. She couldnt see who had done it, in just one second it had been done and there was no sign of anyone looking dodgy or walking away from her. I said I bet whoever did it was still standing right near her so as not to draw attention to themselves. She went straight to security and they proceeded to cancel all her cards for her straight away, fifteen minutes after the incident, someone had tried to withdraw money from her account but couldnt guess the pin! They made a transaction on one of her debit cards but luckily not a lot of damage was done as they were cancelled straight away. She was the 12th person to be targeted in that area within a week, its not fair when you cant go shopping or anything without a fear of being robbed.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
7 Mar 08
How fast it happens! Good thing she noticed it so quickly. Another reason to not carry every credit card/ATM/Debit card you own!
@gemini_rose (16193)
7 Mar 08
You are right, we discussed this afterwards and we were saying how a lot of womens purses etc have their whole lives in them. Not just cards and things but photos and momentos, we put things in our purses to keep them safe and now we have to realise that purses are no longer sacred and that we cant really take the chance on carrying everything in one purse.
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@lishiwei (1553)
• China
6 Mar 08
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
7 Mar 08
Basically just use common sense! Do you want your stuff stolen? then do what you need to do to protect it! Trust is all fine and dandy, but sometimes you just can't utilize it!
@drannhh (15045)
• United States
6 Mar 08
Odd coincidence as I was just thinking about pickpockets yesterday at the grand opening of a new shopping center in a neighboring town. It was a nice event, with lots of food sampling and some live entertainment. We hadn't planned to go there, but were driving by after having shopped at stores a little further down the road and when we saw there were a few empty parking spots, we decided to check it out. Entering the first store there were about 8 store workers on hand and at least 4 uniformed police officers packing heat. Hubby noticed that even the cart "boys" had handcuffs dangling out of their back pockets. When we got inside we found some of the aisles quite crowded, and I pulled hubby close to whisper, even with all these cops, watch out for pickpockets, but looking down, I saw he already had his hand casually draped over the pocket that holds his wallet. Like you, I always carry my keys on a gizmos attached to my belt loop at one end and, in my case, clipped to the inside of my pocket at the other. I used the kind of clip made to secure cell phones, and have a similar clip and tether on my pocket computer and wallet. Good reminder, coffeebreak, that everyone needs to be vigilant all of the time.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
6 Mar 08
All these huge malls now have their own "police stations". I know several from the one near me - the stories I hear! And I'd thinkt hat these days with everyone just "chillin' out" and socializing nad doing their laptop work at common area places, attention is often not put where it should be - at least close/zip your satchel!
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
19 Mar 08
Pick pocketing is still going on a lot but you don't hear about it much anymore on the news. I guess they think that's small time stuff so they don't put it on the news so much anymore. But I am sure it is happening a lot more than we know about. One and a half years ago I was living in Calgary and my husband and I went to the stampede that year and I had my wallet stolen right out of my purse, without knowing it till I went into it to get some money. The wierd thing about it was they somehow got my wallet out of my purse without me feeling anything. My purse is a shoulder strap purse and I never put it down but I did have the flap open so somehow they just reached inside it while I was walking and I didn't even notice or feel it being lifted out. I can only guess that people bumped into me and slipped it out. I was quite upset as I had over a hundred dollars in it but I was lucky too, because I didn't have any of my charge cards or ID in that wallet, had them in another case.
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@Darkwing (21588)
6 Mar 08
We still have pickpockets in some parts of England. There is a place in London, called Petticoat Lane, which is a market. It covers a very large area, and is always packed tight with people. There are signs there alerting people to the presence of pickpockets, and you are warned, always to carry your purse or wallet in your hand, as if in a bag, they cut away the bottom of the bag, take the wallet and disappear into the crowd. If in a pocket, they can, in the batting of an eyelid, slit the bottom of the pocket, or if not fastened, slip their hand in, and take your money. The only way to safeguard it is, apparently to keep a tight grip of it in your hand. Brightest Blessings.