Originally Posted by curzon
Genius! I'll remember that next time I mug a tourist.I reckon the likelihood of being pick pocketed is greater than being mugged, so concealing the important stuff is good risk mitigation.
That being said, there are tourists who have been literally stripped bare and left at the side of a road; a money belt ain't gonna help you w/ that.
That very much depends on where you are travelling. Maybe pick-pocketing is more common in europe, but many other parts of the world, especially less developed countries with lots of guns, they will just point a gun at you and if you're lucky they won't shoot you. Life is very cheap in some parts of the world.
When I've travelled in places like Colombia, I've always kept enough money to make the muggers very happy if I should get robbed. I don't want them thinking that I'm holding out on them and getting frustrated while they're pointing a gun at me..
The other thing I'd do is setup a second checking account at another bank. Transfer money to that bank as you need it and use that as your walking around card. At worst, if someone compels you to empty your accont, there is not much in it.