Jan 1, 2011, 9:38 PM
Post #10 of 20
Sad to hear about this, but I would just like to remind every one that this is not something common only to Mexico. I've lost count of the number of times I see women (incluida mi esposa), in a store with their purse in the shopping cart, just inviting someone to reach in and take a wallet or the whole purse. I see it everyday in Wal-Mart or Safeway, their purse in the cart and their back turned to it while they look at something on a shelf.
The smartest thing you did Grammaz was to carry only a copy of your passport. I carry only copies of all my documents, Passport, FMT, Vehicle permit, insurance and drivers licence. The actual documents are kept in a safe place.
Another thing I do is to keep a list of all my "Stealable" items, cameras, lenses, laptop, vehicle etc. and all their serial numbers. Years ago some kids broke into my Van on the street in La Paz, in broad daylight and managed to take a camera before the alarm went off. They were soon caught but I had to prove to the police that the camera was mine. I took out my list, read off the make, model, serial number and lens serial number. They looked at the camera and it was turned over to me immediately.
How many of you know the serial (VIN) of your vehicle or even the license number. If your vehicle is stolen, how are you going to report it to the police?
Another idea is to send yourself an e-mail with all these numbers then archive it and you should be able to access the info from any computer.
Be careful out there.