Posted March 14th, 2014, 11:12 AM
Anything you leave unattended on a beach can--and probably will--be stolen. Even if you can see it from the water, what are you going to do? Chase a thief who is probably much younger than you, and who will not hesitate to hurt you if you do manage to catch up with him--or her? You're playing by the rules; they're not.
Although there's a risk, I feel sure you didn't actually mean "probably will get stolen", which is clearly a great exaggeration.
But I do agree that simply being able to see your things, or even seeing someone approach them, isn't going to stop a moderately-fit thief from successfully making off with them.
Other folk from the same ship can be identified by their towels, so asking them to look after your stuff can significantly reduce (not eliminate) the risk, but of course you'd need to reciprocate.
But an expensive camera?
Or even an I-pad, kindle or I-phone?
No, they stay in the cabin safe.
An underwater camera is worthwhile in good snorkelling territory, but goes into the water with us.
A successful thief would be disappointed with his haul - ship's towels, sun-cream, cheap sunglasses, ten bucks or less, smokes, mebbe a bottle of something fizzy, cruise-cards.
I don't see cruise-cards would be of use to a thief.
I don't know how they'd react to a ducking but I did inadvertently find out that US dollars are remarkably resilient in water.
This is one of those threads that are all about risk-assessment & personal opinion.
Now you've had mine.
Anyone who looks like their passport photo is too ill to travel (Will Kommen)