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Bag Snatching in Phnom Penh

  • themildcat

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    A warning to you all, especially girls with shoulder bags. Mine was physically ripped off my body by two guys on a moto. It had my passport and all my credit cards etc in it. I know there are warnings about this but my bag strap was quite thick, maybe they even sliced it. A scarier thought.

    When I went to the embassy it was full of other people trying to get a new passport because they too had been bag snatched. It's rife.

    Leave your **** at home!!!

    #1 Posted: 19/4/2010 - 16:11

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  • exacto

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    Hey Cat,

    Sorry to hear it, but glad to know at least that you weren't injured. This kind of thing can happen anywhere, and I had something very similar happen to me in otherwise sleepy little Vientiane, Laos a few years back.

    As you said, it is good advice to leave anything of value at home, as it is to wear a money belt or backpack instead of a shoulder bag (or at least wear the shoulder strap across your chest instead of just over the shoulder). I try to use the safety deposit box at my guest house too, if they have one, to help keep my passport and such safer while I'm out and about. None of those methods are fool proof for sure, but at least they'll lower your profile and make you less attractive as a target.

    Here's hoping the rest of your trip goes without incident. Cheers.

    #2 Posted: 20/4/2010 - 01:43

  • mikethediver

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    Hi,
    Sorry to hear about your troubles, but.. do not keep your passport or credit cards in a shoulder bag; It is so easy to have it taken from you.

    I have a bum bag which I have sewn in wire so that it cannot be cut, even then, my passport and anything of value is in a money belt under my clothes. Please just don't carry anything, cameras or bags just over the shoulder, from Thailand to Cambodia, to Laos to Vietnam it is an open & easy invitation to the low lifes out there.
    .

    #3 Posted: 2/5/2010 - 06:49

  • mikethediver

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    Joined Travelfish
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    Location Thailand
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    Hi,
    Sorry to hear about your troubles, but.. do not keep your passport or credit cards in a shoulder bag; It is so easy to have it taken from you.

    I have a bum bag which I have sewn in wire so that it cannot be cut, even then, my passport and anything of value is in a money belt under my clothes. Please just don't carry anything, cameras or bags just over the shoulder, from Thailand to Cambodia, to Laos to Vietnam it is an open & easy invitation to the low lifes out there.
    .

    #4 Posted: 2/5/2010 - 06:53

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