Purse Theft ???

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  1. timsueshd

    timsueshd Julie the Cruise Director

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    I hate carrying bags around amusement parks, so I do not want to carry a backpack.

    Now with the Magicbands, I am only needing a small purse to hold mine and probably 2 (husband and son) other cell phones safely during the rides, plus some cash and a credit card.

    All of the anti-theft purses I have looked at are huge and bulky and not so good looking.

    My question... is there a lot of purse theft in Disney World? I know it could happen anywhere, but with the Magicbands, I would think that would deter thieves away because they wouldn't be carrying a lot of cash. Maybe I am wrong...
     
  2. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    A thief would have to buy a ticket to get in and steal purses.
    It's a closed space with one exit (sometimes two) and lots of secret security personal and cameras.

    But, yes, don't lose track of your stuff.
     
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  4. Disney Mom 5

    Disney Mom 5 Earning My Ears

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    We've only been to WDW once, and we are going on our second trip in May, but I didn't have any problems (or remembering hearing of any). I'm like you - small purse (in fact I bought a mickey head one from WDW while I was there, and I love it!), and I just wear it across my body.
     
  5. Conno

    Conno Earning My Ears

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    Some thieves are every-day people just like the rest of us.

    Don't kid yourself into thinking thieves don't vacation. They do. Be vigilant with your possessions.
     
  6. Willow1213

    Willow1213 DIS Veteran

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    Is there theft? Yes. It's more likely when someone sets down their bag or leaves possessions in a stroller. I would recommend a crossbody bag that stays on you at all times.
     
  7. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Consider that more guests in the parks drop/misplace/lose/forget their property than get it stolen.
     
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  8. SandyinMonterey

    SandyinMonterey DIS Veteran

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    I just got a new crossbody bag for upcoming WDW trip. It’s a LUG. Many have RFID & come in a lot of different sizes. From really small to luggage. Got mine from QVC. Put “LUG” into search & a lot pop up.
     
  9. bigbabyblues

    bigbabyblues DIS Veteran

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    I don't carry a purse on a daily basis, I don't like them. At WDW, I started carrying a very small crossbody purse two trips ago because I am no longer able to wear contacts, so I need to carry my rx sunglasses or glasses while wearing the other. I found a Vera Bradley bag at a consignment shop awhile back for less than $20 that fits what I need. I wear it all the time because if I put it down, I'll forget it every time.
     
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  10. CAS239

    CAS239 Disney Vet Squad ∞

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    Anytime I hit the parks I put my wife and I's belongings in a leather briefcase with it handcuffed to my wrist.
     
  11. Average Joes

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    I highly recommend a fanny pack. It can also double as part of a costume if you go around mnsshp.

    More seriously though I just carry a backpack with all our stuff in it including beverages and food. Statistically a thief would probably target my wife more than me. It is really not something we think about much. I just don't want my wife to worry about carrying our crap.
     
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    Average Joes Mouseketeer

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    I literally laughed out loud and had to toss an affidavit I was working on. I guess I shouldn't read posts while drinking water.
     
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    I think that thieves have a lot of unattended belongings to pick from if they want to steal something. I don't think they would have to snatch something from someone. I use a vera Bradley crossbody bag to bring my cards, Id, phone, etc. We also have a small backpack for things like autograph books, water bottles, and sweatshirts if we need them. (We go in November.)
     
  14. MakiraMarlena

    MakiraMarlena It's a big black fish to you

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    have never heard of purse snatching at WDW, but have heard of small items like small purses being lost or misplaced or left unattended, and then not returned.

    I don't like an open bag like a tote either...the kind where somebody could reach in and pull stuff out when you're not looking. got a friend who lost her wallet like that (not at WDW)
     
  15. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

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    I wouldn't bother with an antitheft purse for Disney. Where will the thief who has just grabbed or cut your purse go? S/he'll be on camera anyway, and can be stopped pretty quickly.

    But keep track of your stuff. And bring your ID. And insurance card.

    Basically I carry everything I carried before AND I have a toddler's plastic bangle on my wrist (or in the crossbody bag or hard plastic waterproof lanyard pouch on my Ravenclaw lanyard). MBs aren't convenient to me. And I rarely set up room charging.
     
  16. Mrs~Incredible

    Mrs~Incredible Mouseketeer

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    I love my crossbody bags in the park. I am addicted to the Vera Bradley disney designs. They are so soft and lightweight I hardly notice I’m wearing one. Plus my hands are freed up. And I pack Uber light, but it’s nice to have room for a few other items (sunscreen, autograph book, phone charger)
     
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  17. kittyab

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    I wear a fanny pack so I dont have to worry about leaving my purse.
     
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  18. Shanti

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    Blatant purse snatching (off of the wearer's body) is pretty much unheard of at WDW, which is a very safe place. No need to buy another purse.

    Just be careful with your items and don't leave them unattended. What theft does occur at WDW is likely opportunistic.
     
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  19. EdmondD

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    I strap all my money under my shirt securely across my abdomen. My hairy, sweaty abdomen.

    Do your worst, thieves.
     
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  20. scrapquitler

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    I haven't ever heard of purse snatchings happening at WDW, but it's possible. I think that if you carry a bag with your essentials and you don't leave it unattended or mistakenly set it down and forget to pick it back up, you won't have any issues.
     
  21. greentea

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    Yes, just take normal precautions with your purse. I wouldn't worry about a special anti-theft one. Keep it on you and don't leave it hanging on a chair while going up to a buffet, for example. I don't do anything special at Disney. I use a small crossbody Lesportsac (lightweight and water resistant).
     
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