Watch Your Belongings! FYI

by Greg in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada, Monday, February 13, 2017, 17:17 (249 days ago)

Last night 6 of us (3 couples) were dining along the Pescador. When we got up to leave one of the girl's hand bag was missing. It only contained some cash and sunglasses.This is a first time occurrence in almost 30 years of visits.
I will not name the establishment because we are 100% certain it had ZERO to do with this event. We are long time patrons of the restaurant and know all the staff. When we told them about it, they were upset and extremely helpful.
At this point we were not sure if it had been left where we stopped for a sunset drink prior to coming to the restaurant, or perhaps left in the taxi we used, or it taken off the back of the chair she was sitting in. The staff called the other place we had stopped. We did not have the taxi number we used, but the drink place called them as we caught the cab at their establishment - no one reported a handbag being left behind.
This morning we were looking at photos of our dining experience and it clearly showed the strap of the handbag. It was hanging over the back of the chair she was sitting in. (Yes we know this isn't a good idea - but remember my comment about 30 years - so please no lecture about this!)
Here's the interesting part. While we were dining a guy came up to one end of the table and started trying to make conversation in Spanish with the people sitting at that end of the table.. He wanted to shake hands, with everyone, etc. We politely asked him to carry on. The handbag went missing from the opposite end of the table. In hindsight (although we have no proof of it) we think this was a ploy to distract us while an accomplice lifted the bag. The restaurant was busy and the Pescador was crowded with Sunday night crowds.
So just a heads up to everyone - be aware that this crap is taking place here in Zihua. Keep your valuables close. If someone walks up and wants to start a conversation by shaking hands, etc. - take his photo!! We would recognize him for sure. (Again not saying he is guilty of anything - just want to let people know to be careful).

Watch Your Belongings! FYI

by cantinero46, Monday, February 13, 2017, 17:52 (249 days ago) @ Greg in Rocky Mountain House

Rocky,live and learn.:kingtut:

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by cantinero46, Monday, February 13, 2017, 17:59 (249 days ago) @ cantinero46

Si es verdad.:blush: :jeer:

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by sherryd @, Kimberley BC, Monday, February 13, 2017, 18:37 (249 days ago) @ Greg in Rocky Mountain House

That sucks ! I am guilty of putting my purse on the chair all the time.. Small town mentality still apparently. Thanks for the reminder

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by CountryDancer @, Vancouver, Washington, Sunday, September 03, 2017, 17:23 (47 days ago) @ sherryd

I teach my dance students to wrap the handle/strap of their purse around the leg of the chair they are sitting on. If someone tries to steal the purse.... they get caught quickly (if the purse owner is sitting there), they end up making a loud commotion if the purse owner is up dancing to the band.

Myself, I try not to carry a purse and keep my $$$ and ID in my boot (country dancer, always wearing boots when I'm out dancing);-)

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~ ~ Country Dancer

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by B&S @, Monday, February 13, 2017, 21:51 (249 days ago) @ Greg in Rocky Mountain House

That is a big problem all over the world. Women leave their bags hanging on the chair where it is so vulnerable to jerks walking by and snagging it with a finger. Purses should always be over the shoulder. Cheap lesson. Happy you were not carrying your passports.

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by Mork, Monday, February 13, 2017, 22:03 (249 days ago) @ B&S
edited by Mork, Monday, February 13, 2017, 22:33

This is just another of the famous bump and run techniques to separate you from your money, passport, etc.
There will be a ruckus at one end of the table, escalator, etc. When the commotion is occurring, look for real trouble in the opposite direction. Sorry for your loss. My Grandpa lost his wallet in a 'slit' deal (see below) over 50 years ago in India. My wife and I have foiled attempts twice over the years on escalators. We were both Mighty Proud!

https://www.corporatetravelsafety.com/safety-tips/common-pickpocket-techniques/

Mork

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by HolyMole @, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 14:30 (248 days ago) @ Mork

This is just another of the famous bump and run techniques to separate you from your money, passport, etc.
There will be a ruckus at one end of the table, escalator, etc. When the commotion is occurring, look for real trouble in the opposite direction. Sorry for your loss. My Grandpa lost his wallet in a 'slit' deal (see below) over 50 years ago in India. My wife and I have foiled attempts twice over the years on escalators. We were both Mighty Proud!

https://www.corporatetravelsafety.com/safety-tips/common-pickpocket-techniques/

Mork

A few years ago, Mrs. H. and I got caught in the mad rush/push to get on a city bus in downtown Guadalajara. We didn't make it (Canadians: too polite to push hard enough) but I realized immediately that my wallet had been pilfered from INSIDE my front-facing fanny pack.....a feat of real dexterity and skill, for sure. Credit cards, ID, driver's license, US and Mexican cash, etc. all gone. Fortunately, Mrs. H. was carrying the passports.
I decided I had to report the theft to the local authorities, if only to get a police report for my own insurance company. We were told the police office was 'way down at the other end of the city. Long, expensive cab ride, only to find out that the office had moved a month earlier to the OTHER end of the city - another long, expensive cab ride. Finally, after well over an hour of cab rides, waiting for 3 hours at the police station, then being questioned for another hour, I got my police report.
Oddly, there has been no evidence that anyone ever attempted to use the credit cards.
Friends had their backpack, containing their passports, etc., stolen from right under their eyes while sitting in the airport departure lounge in Mexico City. Losing passports: that's a real pain in the butt.

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by dhunsber @, ¡Dondequiera que voy, estoy aquí!, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 16:37 (248 days ago) @ Mork

In Arequipa, Perú many years ago a kid tried to snatch my small daypack which I had slung over my left shoulder by smacking me with a fudgesicle on my right shoulder blade. Fortunately I reacted quickly and grabbed my pack, yanking it back hard, which knocked him off balance and onto his back upon the sidewalk. I put one foot on his throat, and two armed bank guards came down to watch him until a cop car came and hauled him off.

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by jodymaryk @, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 09:56 (249 days ago) @ Greg in Rocky Mountain House

So sorry that happened to you! It is one of the reasons that when I travel I always wear a cross-body purse with secure latches. My lesson was learned right here in Seattle in a restaurant my husband was managing a number of years ago. I was sitting at the bar, my purse by my left foot (because I knew not to put it on the back of chair), chatting with another customer on my right. Someone walked by and picked it up and out the door to the patio which was on my left also. As soon as I discovered it, probably 20 minutes, I called the bank and there were already charges on my credit card at a local liquor store and they were attempting it again at another store while I was on the phone with bank. I even had my pic on my card (white female/blonde hair) and the person who was attempting it was female and black. I can't believe they didn't even look at the picture! This was before a lot of the self-slide credit card users were out. Anyway, therefore the cross body purse from there on out! My latest one came from Ebags.com and has tons of storage and a wide woven strap that would be near impossible to cut. Worked great traveling in Europe also!

Here is a link to page if anyone is interested:

http://www.ebags.com/category/handbags/cross-body-bags?term=cross+body+purse&sort=pricelowtohigh&origin=breadbox

They also have the BEST carryon backpacks! We did two weeks in Europe (and many trips to Zihua) with just these:

http://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/etech-20-weekender-convertible/242274?productid=10211617

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by noelofthenorth, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 15:57 (248 days ago) @ jodymaryk

Thats why the bus thieves made people strip on the buses in Mexico.. they caught onto the hidden money belts... Don t know if its still happening but know people who had to strip down to their underwear in the bus...

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Watch Your Belongings! Shopping Carts

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa/Silver Strand Beach, California, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 14:38 (248 days ago) @ Greg in Rocky Mountain House

My pet campaign, which I have finally given up on, is women/men with purses or bags who put them in the shopping cart in the kiddie seat. Often they are open, with everything exposed.

What do they do? Turn their backs on their bags to select items or even leave their cart and walk away to another aisle! PLEASE quit tempting semi-honest people with your phones and wallets. The dishonest ones can clear a grocery store in a very short period of time.

Think about where your possessions are, and what you really need. Most of the time, you can get the credit card and cash into your pockets. Do you really need your phone on you here, or is it a habit? How about the rest of the stuff in your purse or bag?

We manage to carry what we need in our pockets 99% of the time, and the rest of the time, try to not make it easy for someone to steal from us.

Shopping Carts......aaaargh!

by HolyMole @, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 15:35 (248 days ago) @ Talley Ho

On the subject of shopping carts......
How many times have you had your shopping cart stolen in Bodega Aurrera? Someone comes along, empties out the stuff you have in it, and disappears with your cart. It has also happened a few times at La Comer. Mexico is the only place I've ever seen this happen.....except once or twice here in the frozen north, but only where the thief can get the loonie you had to insert to get the cart in the first place.
(A "loonie" is Canada's $1 coin.....with....wait for it....a loon on it.)

loon on loonie?

by Oeste Hermoso @, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 15:46 (248 days ago) @ HolyMole

Trump's picture is now on our currency? How did this happen?

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loon on loonie?

by Labrat ⌂ @, The Roosterfish Foundation, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 15:50 (248 days ago) @ Oeste Hermoso

It was a subtle invasion, but swift....very very swift.

Keith

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Más Chile Más Mejor

Pay no attention
Just Another Tourist

loon on loonie?

by Greg in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 17:27 (248 days ago) @ Labrat

LMAO!!

loon on loonie?

by HolyMole @, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 16:16 (248 days ago) @ Oeste Hermoso

Trump's picture is now on our currency? How did this happen?

No, it's President Bannon. Or the new Confederate.....er.... Attorney General.

loon on loonie?

by cantinero46, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 16:36 (248 days ago) @ Oeste Hermoso

Hermoso,next time we're in the states,want to see his FBI.picture on wall in the post office!would love that,he loves the publicity,how will his long ass ties look with prison garb!:stones:

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by cdichirico, Newbury Park, CA USA, Saturday, September 02, 2017, 08:54 (49 days ago) @ Greg in Rocky Mountain House

Thanks for the tip. Your descrptiin reminder me of the crowded bus ride
In which a team of thieves would bump and apologize while the others
Pick your pocket or purse...always be aware.