FLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1667 times:
I had my digital camera nicked out of my dad's bag when it was sat right next to us on the beach in Mexico. Got a replacement one through my insurance but it still cost me £25 excess, £40 for a new memory card and about £25 on phone calls to the insurance company from Mexico. Plus, I had no photos of the holiday. Grrr!
1aMLA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1650 times:
Wife had her purse stolen in Bangkok, her fault she put it in the pocket of her back pack.
Police were friendly enough, got all back from the insurance, so it was a happy ending. But it shit's you up when your there.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13073 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1604 times:
I have never been robbed while traveling, but some precautions and awareness developed from working in NY City for years probably lessened the risk.
One is that for over 20 years of non-USA travel, I have used a neck held cloth pouch for excess money, passport, travelers checks, credit cards, drivers license and other id documents. I just keep my hotel key, some change, maybe some 'mugger money', a small notebook and a pen in my pockets. This reduces the risk being a victim of pickpockets. If you do carry a wallet in your pocket, put a wide rubberband around it and keep it deep in a side pocket or at least in a buttoned pocket. Second, is to have a good map of the area you are visiting and orientate yourself well. This will make you less of a target and to avoid high risk areas. Third, avoid high risk beheavors, including being alone and getting drunk, using drugs, being out in shady areas and especially at 2 am. Four, keep your camera and other like items in a day hike pack and take them out of it only as needed. Five, be aware of your surrondings. Look around not just up at the buildings or that hot babe walking by but also behind you once in a while for potential trouble makers. Realize that trains, public transport where close contact with others are very high risk area for pickpockets.
Derico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4304 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1590 times:
We had an attempted mugging in Madrid at the subway entrance/exit in 97. It failed.
Also that year, a homeless man in downtown Munich's pedestrian area (by the outdoor cafes), went to our traveling partners table and he began filling up on the 'remains': took some of the tip money too.
A friend of ours was robbed of all his cash for his European stay in Paris by two guys in a scooter, in late July.
Finally, another attempted purse snatch this time in Pisa, Italy, where it was absolutely full of African immigrants, many selling items in the street.
In the US, they stole a car's stereo, but this happened in the early 90s.
Never been robbed or attempted to in Argentina.
My internet was not shut down, the internet has shut me down
Soups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1565 times:
Got mugged in Paris in the metro.... pickpokets... stole about 700euros cash and they tried to use my cards but i cancelled them.
Also my ex tried to withdraw money the same night and the machine ate his card before he even put in his pin number...
Thank god i always leave a bit of cash in every bag
Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
Rossbaku From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 673 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1555 times:
When we were in Marmaris in Turkey in September 2003, we were walking through a market when a boy about 13-14 years old grabbed my mums bag and made off with it. Luckily there was a British guy in the direction he was running who collared him and snatched the bag off him. The boy was sh*tting it when all of these British tourists are screaming at him for being such an idiot.