Picture this. A person has a bag, carrying it correctly, doing everything right from the pickpocket avoidance standpoint. Pickpockets glance at them, mark them as too risky, and look for easier pickin’s. Now this person goes to an outdoor market, they lean over to look at a necktie, or necklace, or nectarine. Their bag flops down against the products or produce, so they automatically shove it backwards onto their hip or back.
Without realizing it, they have undone everything. Their concentration is to the front, their bag is in back, they’re in a location where it’s natural for someone else to come near to ‘look’ at the same items. A filch comes beside them, “looks,” and seconds later is moseying down the aisle with extra cash while our friend is still appraising a neckerchief.
130° is about keeping your valuables in sight all the time. It is crucial, because pickpocket repellent only works where you can see. By keeping your good stuff within a 130° angle that is centered on your belly button, you’ll see any attempted reach-in, thereby effectively dissuading a filch from trying. (Conveniently, and entirely coincidental, our theft-deterrent satchels have a reminder emblazoned right on them)
You might be thinking, and rightly so, that your peripheral vision extends to a little over 180°. Very true, and that is the reason this is ingredient allows 130° instead of 90°. If you place your good stuff in the 130° safe zone, you’ll see it while looking straight ahead, and when you turn your head to the right or left. If a satchel is riding on your left hip and you look right (or vice versa), there will be many times that it is completely out of site.
Ideally, your bag should ride on the front edge of your hip bone, and our convenient tether helps makes sure that happens (see Ingredient #10).
So, here are some rules. If we all follow them, we can encourage the pickpockets to get a job.
- Comply with ingredient #10, Secure Your Tether!And make sure the tether is short enough that even if you absent mindedly shove your bag to your side or back, it won’t go.
- Do not place your bag on your hip.
- Do not place valuables in your backpack (unless in a pocket that is against your back) … filches routinely walk beside or behind backpack wearers and remove goodies and wander off without being detected.
- Do not place valuables in your back pocket.
- Do not place valuables in your front pocket if it can be accessed from behind.Using Ingredient #2 as an example, this is surprisingly insecure, and more so because people feel it is secure.
Now mix up our repellent, slather it on thick, and enjoy your travels. All the ingredients can be found at our blog under category “pickpocket repellent.”