Avoid pickpocketing with Anti-theft bags

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What Is an Anti-Theft Bag?

An anti-theft bag might be a purse, cross-body bag, laptop bag, business bag, or backpack. While at first glance, the bag might not look all that different, anti-theft bags come outfitted with one or more features that can keep criminals away. 

Anti-theft bags certainly won't eradicate these crime syndicates, but they can help you prevent theft while on the go. And most importantly keep your precious memories and belongings safe in your bag.

Let's take a look at some ways that anti-theft bags actually do contribute to theft protection.

1.Locking Zippers and Clips

The zippers and clips throughout the exterior of an anti-theft bag are quite durably designed. A clip will be attached to a zipper’s pull tag opening. It might make it a little harder for you to open your zippers and clips to access your bag, but it would also make it more difficult for unsavory characters to do the same. That may be enough to stop them from getting into your bag, successfully helping you avoid theft. 

2.RFID Blockers 

Radio-frequency identification, commonly abbreviated to RFID blocking, is another feature you want in your anti-theft bag. 

Why is this? Well, your debit cards, credit cards, and other related cards all have chips operating on a certain frequency. If a criminal could use RFID to find that frequency, then they could grab your credit or debit card information and begin using your card for fraudulent purposes. This is known as RFID skimming. 

If your anti-theft bag has RFID blockers, then your cards are off-limits. Now, criminals can’t get the right radio frequency to steal your private information.

Secret Compartments

While the exterior of most anti-theft bags is not designed in such a way to draw much attention, the interior of these bags will amaze you. Once you get the zipper open, you’ll see the inside has a multitude of secret compartments. These are made for hiding everything from your smartphone to your passport and your credit card, pretty much anything you wouldn’t want a robber to steal.

To even find a secret compartment, you have to know where to look. That’s because anti-theft bag manufacturers will cover the compartments with fabric layers so that at first glance, the compartments almost don’t seem to exist. 

The hidden compartments come zippered to add an extra layer of security to your favorite possessions. There are also often specific compartments for each type of item, from medications to cards, so you can keep everything neat. 

Uncuttable Shoulder Straps

Whether it’s a purse or a backpack carried on your shoulders, a criminal who tries to steal your bag may grab it or cut at the straps. With most bags, the strap will cut right off, allowing the criminal easy access into your personal belongings. 

That’s not so with an anti-theft bag. These will have a cable hidden inside the shoulder strap(s) that are made of steel. While the cable doesn’t weigh much and moves with you, it’s still not easy to cut. Even if the thief had a knife and tried slashing through the strap, their blade likely wouldn’t slice through the cable within the strap. 

All this time they’ve wasted means other people have probably noticed a theft is ongoing. These passersby may have called the police, so the criminal won’t want to stick around long. Once they realize they can’t cut your bag’s shoulder straps, they’re going to hightail it on to some other hapless victim. 

Anti-Slash Body

Besides the straps, a robber may attempt to cut into the bag itself, hoping all its contents will come tumbling out. Many anti-theft bag manufacturers have thought about this possibility as well and safeguarded you against it. 

The military-grade material used to create many anti-theft bags is resistant to slashes with a knife or another blade. The bag’s material is reinforced with ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, also known as UHMWPE. For even more safety when carrying your bag, the fibers get woven extremely tightly to have a level five cut rating, which is the best it can get. 

Anti-theft bags, while generally more expensive, can be incredibly worthwhile, as it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

As a traveler who wants to enjoy your time visiting a new country, carrying an anti-theft bag is a great idea. You can ward off pickpockets since it’s not so easy to get into your bag. That said, you should still keep your head about you when traveling, even if you do have an anti-theft bag. Failing to stay alert could still make you a target of theft. Best of luck! 

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