Are you one of the 80,000 Australians who lodged an insurance claim last year related to theft? Or perhaps you have been affected by one of the 400,000 pickpocket incidents that occur daily around the world?
The reality of international travel is that slash and run thieves and professional pickpockets are extremely common in many popular tourist destinations.
These thieves are most likely looking to make some quick money from your valuables – your credit cards, cash, electronics, or your passport. Losing these things while you are travelling can cause an enormous inconvenience. For the next few hours, or even days, you will be speaking to credit card companies, negotiating with police officers and insurance companies, and most likely registering for a temporary passport so that you can simply make the trip home again. You’re no longer relaxed and enjoying your adventures, and instead you’re stressed out and scrambling just to get through it all.
But what about the things you can’t replace?
What about the scrapbook or journal you have been keeping for your whole trip? What about the 50 photos you just took and forgot to save to the cloud? What about the cute little souvenir you picked up in the middle of nowhere that was going to make the perfect gift for your mum, son, sibling or friend?
These things are irreplaceable. Once they are gone, there is no foreseeable way for you to get them back. Sure you have your memories, but how long will they last if you don’t have the physical evidence to bring them back to life every couple of years? The most disappointing thing about all of this is that the thieves don’t care about these things. In fact they probably just tossed them in the trash as soon as they got around the corner. But for you, these things are priceless.
Bag snatchers and pickpockets operate in teams, with well proven tactics that capitalise on manufactured opportunities. You most likely won’t see them coming, no matter how careful you are.
So why not be proactive and use modern anti-theft technology (that looks good too) to secure your priceless memories and important valuables?