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Trip Report Another theft warning: coastal trains, between Genoa & Tuscany

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Boarding a train last week on my way to Milan, I spotted a wallet on the floor of the carriage, right where passengers get on and off trains, in between the carriages. I picked it up and fortunately found a picture ID inside (a Swiss train card), so I was able to find its owner on the train -- who was both totally shocked and hugely relieved to get the wallet back since it did have several important cards inside, although all the euros had been taken (fortunately, not a large amount of money)..

The victim -- a European national on holiday -- had boarded the train in Rapallo but did not know at what point the wallet had been stolen -- whether while getting on the train or moving through the aisles or stowing luggage. The wallet was inside a zippered tote. There are police in the train stations and on the platforms, and it is likely the thieves knew this and therefore got rid of the wallet before leaving the train (or they may have simply moved to another car).

Worth noting that this was an experience European train traveler (the Swiss train card was not a tourist pass). The victim was traveling as one half of a couple, both of whom were senior citizens but not in the least confused & no mobility problems. They had a very modest amount of luggage.One roller bag between them.

Money belts are an excellent idea. If you carry a wallet when you travel, keep a picture of yourself in it so if it is stolen or lost, you might get it back! Also, if you find your wallet missing on a train, go look for it if it had more than money in it. You might find it.

Finally, if you are traveling through train stations, look out for your fellow travelers. Don't crowd onto the train or in the vestibules, let others go first, don't squeeze past others in the aisles. Speak up if you think you see thieves, warn others. It's possible that you'll run into some traveler who'll mock you and tell you they've been traveling in Europe for xx years and blah blah blah -- you know, jerks. But some people will be very glad you shared what you know. Besides, it's the right thing to do.

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