Leave Your Jewellery at Home?

Aug 23rd, 2000, 11:08 AM
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Why worry about it? Just wear what you normally wear. Crime happens everywhere but not to everyone. Just be sure not to leave your common sense at home or in your suitcase at the hotel
Aug 23rd, 2000, 11:16 AM
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Lori and Lori,

Sorry, didn't mean to offend. (How did I manage to offend two people at the same time.) Go ahead. Accessorize.

As for the idea that Europeans wear jewelry, that is true. But I wouldn't fool myself into thinking a professional thief can't tell the difference between an American tourist loaded with cash and a local.
Aug 23rd, 2000, 12:27 PM
martha python
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I don't think en engagement ring makes me look like I'm "loaded with cash"--and are those the only two alternatives? Rich American or poor local?--and it's insured, so I wear it. If it were an heirloom or otherwise irreplaceable, I'd leave it at home. My watch and earrings are pretty unspectacular.
Aug 23rd, 2000, 03:34 PM
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Thanks for the interesting replies! I guess I'm like luigi's partner. I love my engagement ring and like to wear it! But it does attract attention, even though it is not exactly big, it's a high quality ring and certainly sparkles! So I'm vain ...

As for people being paranoid, I think not. You are targetted as a tourist. I have never heard of anyone having jewellery stolen while they were wearing it in the region where I live. So I wouldn't worry about it here. Elsewhere, it could well be the "norm" to have thieves target you for your jewellery.

Aug 23rd, 2000, 03:51 PM
Bob Brown
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I look at it this way: What would I do if I was a thief? Would I target someone who is probably a local or would I target a tourist dressed nicely and wearing expensive ear rings, a fine necklace, and a snazzy watch? Who would know the least about complaining to the local cops? A local or a visitor?
Who would be the most likely to have cash in their purses or wallets? A local or a visitor? If I were a thief patrolling the Tuilleries Gardens, who would I target in a group of tourists? A conservatively dressed female with no jewelry showing, or one who had a circle of sparklers around her neck? I think the answer is obvious. Go for the richer looking vicitim. The chances of a good haul are better.
My advice: make yourself a small, difficult target and your chances of not being a victim are much better.
Keeps the valuables out of sight and under your shirt!! (I did. I had my usual billfold in my left rear pocket, but it was so thin the pickpocket who had me in his sights decided it was not worth the effort. Had he taken it, I would have lost one worn wallet, $7.00, and my voter registration card.)
Aug 27th, 2000, 03:01 PM
Susan Park
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I take several pairs of earrings that I won't miss if they're stolen and a $79 watch from Orvis for two time zones. I always like the look of being a non-target. My friend was accosted by gypsy children in Italy and said it was a harrowing experience.
Aug 28th, 2000, 05:47 AM
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I agree with many here! Don't wear or take anything you can't afford to lose! I always leave the good stuff at home!

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