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kids with cameras, pickpockets dream?

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kids with cameras, pickpockets dream?

For our 2 week Italy trip, our kids will use their own cameras to record experiences and sights through their eyes. The cameras are digital, small and when the camera is in it's case, there is a velcro wrist strap attached to the case which is then wrapped tightly around the child's wrist. so that the kids' hands are free. Their ages are 9 and 12.

Is this a safe way to hang on to their cameras or a pickpockets dream?

Are kids ever the victims of pickpockets? Are families walking along with children less or more likely to be pick pocketed than adults walking alone or in couples?

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1. Re: kids with cameras, pickpockets dream?

Pickpockets won't bother the kids. I would still stress to them that when in a crowd they should have the camera in their hand just in case.

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2. Re: kids with cameras, pickpockets dream?

Pickpockets are mostly after cash or credit cards. They are not likely to be interested in a small digital camera that they would have to try to sell without instructions or a battery charger.

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3. Re: kids with cameras, pickpockets dream?

Great! Thanks again!!!

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4. Re: kids with cameras, pickpockets dream?

Just for safety sake (and this will be good if they those the camera, which will be more likely than it being stole) , have take 2 memory chips each for the kids, mom and dad keep one and swap out each day. That way the worst that happens id you lose just one day of those precious photos.

Or you could go the more expensive route and buy a backup portable device for your photos.

Edited: 11 July 2010, 04:52
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5. Re: kids with cameras, pickpockets dream?

I take multiple memory cards. If you take 2 each you should download them each night and carry both with you during the day. With memory so cheap these days it makes sense to take as many as you can afford, especially if you won't be able to download them.

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6. Re: kids with cameras, pickpockets dream?

Otherwise...

www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/62361482

For the OP: remember that pickpockets in Italy aren't in it for pleasure - any more than those elsewhere! What value would there be in a used kiddie-cam with no paperwork, charger etc?

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7. Re: kids with cameras, pickpockets dream?

I have also been told just what Peter said. That even the cameras my husband and I have (cost about $250) would be pretty worthless to anyone without the charger and stuff. Why bother stealing something you can't sell or even use yourself. :-)

Our girls will have their own cameras too. We treasure the pics our kids take on vacations. It's really fun to go back later and see the things they thought worthy of photographing.

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8. Re: kids with cameras, pickpockets dream?

Agreed. Chances of your cameras being snatched are rather unlikely. As long as you all are aware of your surroundings, just like you would be in any major US city, you "should" be fine.

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9. Re: kids with cameras, pickpockets dream?

What our kids have done (since quite young) is we have cases that they attach To the FRONT belt loops on their pants/shorts. Literally RIGHT in the front of their pants so that when in a crowd they can easily walk with their hand resting protectively on the case. If it's a cooler time of year they can even zip their coat or jacket over the case. This even worked in the medina in Morocco where they quite definitely WERE interested in swiping cameras. Your kids might find this more comfortable in hot months than having a strap around their wrist. We've even attached cases with small carabiners. My dad liked the idea so much that he now attaches his case to his front belt loop with a carabiner both for comfort and security.

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10. Re: kids with cameras, pickpockets dream?

That's a really helpful tip! Carabiners for travel have really been growing in popularity. Love the mini-sunscreen bottles with carabiners on them for beach/sun trips btw.... and yes, they even make wallets on them (with chains long enough for your front pocket).... your call on those though. But for cameras? Fantastic!