If you are travelling to distant climes -- or you currently live in a dodgy location -- then pickpocket-proof pants and/or shorts may be of interest.
Before we leap into the fray with gusto and abandon, I should perhaps note that the word "pants" in the USA (where I currently hang my hat) refers to trousers, as opposed to the UK where it means underpants. I thought I'd better get this out of the way before my UK-based chums started to email me asking what led me to believe I was in need of pickpocket-proof undergarments.
Generally speaking, I don’t have much trouble with pickpockets. For most of the time, I'm either secluded in my office or I'm basking at home. Every now and then, however, I need to travel, and these days you have to be careful. When I pop over to visit my dear old mother in Sheffield, England, for example, she is always warning me to be on the alert ("be a lert -- the world needs more lerts," as they say).
If the truth be told, my mom is a bit of a worry-wart. If all else fails, she worries that she has nothing to worry about. When I visit, on the Friday evening before I return home, it's become a tradition that I meet up with my friends -- whom I've known since I was 18 -- to quaff a few pints together. (Quaffing is like regular drinking, except that -- at least in my experience -- you tend to spill more down your chest.)
Before I set off for the evening, my mom will ask, "Who are you going out with?" I will respond by saying, "Oh, the usual crowd," and she will say, "But who, exactly?" So, I'll reel off the list: "Little Steve, Blond-Haired Keith, Zero Keith, John Alflat..."
Next, she will ask, "Where are you all going?" and "What time will you be back?" and "How will you get home?" It's like a play. We both have our parts. We go through this on every visit. It always ends with her saying, "You can't walk home. It's dangerous. You must get a taxi," and me saying, "Mom! For goodness sake, I'm 60 years old!" I don’t know why I bother. We both know we'll be going through exactly the same performance on my next visit.
Sad to relate, she's not entirely wrong (Shh! Don't tell her I said that). Things are no longer as simple as they were when I was a lad. These days, dubious and nefarious characters are all over the place (see Police issue warning over pickpockets in Sheffield).
Over the past couple of months, I've been seeing some theft-proof backpacks that look quite interesting (just search for "Theft-Proof Backpack" on Amazon or YouTube to discover more). More recently, I ran across the ClothingArts.com website, where they have some rather cool pickpocket-proof pants and pickpocket-proof shorts.
I'd never really thought about this before, but -- as you can see in this video -- the concept of pickpocket-proof pants is not a bad idea.
Although this isn't something I'm losing sleep over just at the moment, I think I will be looking into these pickpocket-proof pants again before my next trip to foreign climes. How about you? Do you have any tips and tricks you'd care to share regarding protecting yourself and your belongings?