Do You Carry Your Passport or a Copy?

Old Dec 22nd, 2007, 01:03 PM
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I carry the original with me. I don't trust safes, don't trust my absentminded self to forget it in the safe upon checking out too.
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Old Dec 22nd, 2007, 01:50 PM
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"Sniff test: why would they leave the credit cards? Wouldn't they have considerable street value?"

I can assure you this happened. I was with them through the agonizing process of getting their passports replaced. The issue of leaving the credit cards was twofold. One, the thief knew they would be cancelled immediately and two: they were after the passports. Do a google and you'll see what I mean.

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Old Dec 25th, 2007, 05:38 PM
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I imagine the taking or leaving of credit cards must be influenced by a particular thief's ease of fencing them.

If they can be turned into a few dollars within an hour or two by a close connection of the thief, that's one thing. If the criminal is new and not networked very well, leaving them would make more sense.

Google <b>credit card theft</b> and you'll see what I mean.
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Old Dec 25th, 2007, 07:18 PM
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Yes, it seems to be about 50-50!
which translates to &quot;who cares&quot;, or to be nicer~~~ &quot;I guess it is what each person is more comfortable doing&quot;.
I always carry our passports IN my small 3 zippered/compartment purse, strapped crossway over my chest, and hugged up next to me. ...but the main part is calmly and casually looking around at people all the time,and being AWARE.
AND my husband and I are not usually out late at night, which may be more of an issue with many people.
We usually have a passport copy back in the hotel room.
There apparently is no right or wrong answer to this question.
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Old Dec 26th, 2007, 03:59 AM
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Passports have always been very valuable and easy to sell, much more so now that Europe is awash with immigrants. It has always surprised me that some travelers seem unaware of this.
Any who still doubt should google &quot;black market passport&quot;.
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