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1 hour ago, ljandgb said:

Just got back from 4 days in Barcelona, rode public transit exclusively, and had no problems.  I use a Pacsafe crossbody purse, frequently with my hand resting on it.  We also usually avoid the really high density tourist areas where it can be hard to stay completely aware of who is next to you.

 

As for the orange, our county jail inmates wear orange jumpsuits, and even orange Croc type shoes.  

Great idea with the Pacsafe purse, I also use mine when in the States. Although I must say I'm going to use an undergarment bag when I head to Barcelona this year, with Allure of the Seas. Can't be too safe! Cruise on everyone and be aware of your surroundings not have your head in your phone!

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Still think a money belt under your clothes is the best option.  We saw many brand new packs in Barcelona garbages.  I am not sure why people think a slash proof bag cannot be stolen. 

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Well, it would be hard to "steal" a bag that is slung across my body.  I could be mugged and it taken by force, but the likelihood of that is low enough I'm willing to risk it. I like to have a bag to keep a water bottle, hand sanitizer, my daughter's epi pens, and the other random things that moms carry around.  Even then, I don't carry my passport, large amounts of money, or more than one credit card regardless in the bag.  The zipper locks to the strap, the strap is also slash proof. My bag has a lock on the strap that allows me to weave it into then lock the strap onto a chair, etc, if I'm in a cafe, so as long as I remember to do that, if it is off my body, it's still as secure as possible.  Our last cruise, I did travel with a money belt for those times when I had to transport a large amount of cash for paying for tours at the time of service.

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We love Barcelona and fortunately for us haven't had any problems and have been there numerous times in last couples years (we were just there in april land trip for few days and going back in 3 weeks day precruise & 4 days post cruise)  We always keep eye contact and are aware of our surroundings at all times.  I wear a Scottevest security travel vest and thats where my passport/money and valuables go (Orvis makes some too now). Everything is in the inside of vest in secret compartments and zippered.  I wear over dress in summer since I have the lightweight ones and under jacket in cooler weather.  It gives me piece of mind and I don't stand out to thieves.  Also, no jewelry since i don't want to draw attention to myself(if I have my wedding rings on they get turned into my hand and hand closed over something else or in pocket If I am in area concerned.  My husband and I both traveled extensively thru Spain, Italy and Germany in April thru trains and not one problem.  We wear EBags brand backpacks for suitcases and secure with locks so that to thieves see it and move on since not an easy target (even though nothing of value in there we don't draw attention to ourselves by leaving unlocked )  We've seen pickpockets trying to unzip bags of unsuspecting people which of course we tell them.  If I want to carry a purse I carry a slash proof pacsafe one and that is my decoy as I joke because nothing of value in there since everything in my vest.  For my canon Rebel (I know someone asked a couple pages ago) I have a slash proof sling (made by Pacsafe)that screws into base of camera.  Easily seen that hard to get and no one has bothered me so far.  We usually stay on Las Ramblas or Gothic area so we are moving around all hours of the night and never have been too worried.  I really do believe if you make eye contact because you aware of your surroundings is a deterrent and have seen some move on that I thought might be a problem.  Its funny to watch people moving thru gothic area and as soon as get close to Las Ramblas (locals too) everyone is switching backpacks and purses to the front with a hand on to not make themselves a target.  So enjoy Barcelona it really is a beautiful place but be aware and take precautions with your valuables like you would Rome or Venice.

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On 6/14/2019 at 11:57 AM, konatyme said:

We will be doing a Med cruise in 2020 and have been reading all the posts about security.  My question has to do with cameras.  We of course want to take pictures of all the beautiful sites, but I'm very concerned about how to secure our cameras. We have a Canon DSLR and a small video camera. Although each has a case that we ordinarily use, I'm assuming we're going to need something more secure.  Are there slash-proof camera cases that anyone can recommend? And will that be enough? Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Look at Pacsafe brand .  I have their sling for my canon rebel that screws into camera and slash proof.  They also make cases too.

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I have a slash proof purse and I attach a personal alarm that has a loud scream when the pin is pulled.

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