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.