Someone stealing your purse. Doesn’t it seem like the oldest cliché? This unoriginal type of attack can certainly happen on all corners of the earth to purse carriers young and old. In Buenos Aires however, I would take extra precautions to avoid becoming a victim of this truly contrived crime.
Luckily, choosing the right purse can really narrow down your chances of becoming a victim. Purse addicts rejoice! An excuse to go shopping has arrived! (not that you needed one)
Try to find a purse with some of the following qualities:
- The smaller the better. Thieves know that a bigger purse = holds more items = more stuff to steal! Leave your hobo at the hotel and opt for a baby bag!
- Zip it up! Purses with secure zipped pockets don’t attract stray hands like an open bag will.
- They wouldn’t dare cross a lady wearing a cross-body bag! Purses that rest on your shoulder, elbow or wrist are easier to grab than a purse that is strapped across your body and has to be removed over the head.
- Thick strap. A purse strap that is easy to tear or cut receives an inferior safety rating.
This coach bag fits all the safety criteria, deeming it a perfectly secure travel purse!
The small purse is the right size to hold your wallet, cell, keys and a passport, but stay small enough to not attract unwanted attention. All the pockets have a zipper, so it’s sure to stay closed. The adjustable strap is long enough to wear across your body, letting the bag sit close and flat on your hip. Also the strap is thick and strong, making it extremely difficult to cut, and impossible to tear. The style is not flashy, but sure to look classy.
I also like this model from the most revered cosmopolitan, Kate Spade:
A vision of classic and functional elegance, this bag fits the safety criteria perfectly. It’s a bit larger than the Coach bag, giving extra space for travel necessities. All pockets securely zip, with a long strap to wear across the chest made from strong leather; this purse is designed for security and function.
Dear male travelers – don’t think you’re exempt from pickpocket prevention! If you carry a backpack – ALWAYS wear it on your front when in crowded public situations, and don’t open it often if you’re carrying anything valuable. Keep things in the larger pockets, not the smaller front pockets. And keep your wallet in your front pocket, not the back. And to all the metros – the same rules for purse safety apply to your European carry-alls.
A safe purse is a happy purse! Shopping for purses in Buenos Aires is a dreamlike pleasure, but I’ll save that for another post….