My bag got snatched...
My bag (pocketbook) got snatched right out of my hand by a guy on a motorbike. I was talking to someone, and for a reason I will never understand, I was holding the bag in my hand, instead of having it on my body with the strap crossing my chest. Since I had been to the doctor and had planned to do some shopping, I had about $100 in cash in it. Ouch. I also lost the medications I was taking, which I had to replace, and my filofax (my life is gone). I keep finding new things that are missing. I want to write something down and I have neither paper or pen. It starts to drizzle and my collapsible umbrella isn't there. It is annoying as hell.
Not to mention how incredibly stupid I feel. But the experience does lead to some advice. I think that when you are traveling for a long period, you get a little overconfident. I think that when you are in the same place for a long time, you start to feel at home and at ease. If you catch yourself thinking that the normal precautions you take when traveling are too much trouble, you'll be fine, that's a good time to spruce up your behavior and become more cautious.
In this case, I wouldn't even be standing around swining my bag by its strap at home, because I know that it's practically an invitation. I don't know why I did it, I can't explain it, but I know that just a couple of days before I dropped my neck pouch into my bag instead of wearing it because it was 'too much trouble'. I was going to the doctor's office, in a taxi, so I figured I'd be safe. And I was. And at least I locked it away in my pack and didn't lose my passport or credit cards or anything.
Remember, just when you start to feel safe is probably when you are the most vulnerable.