Travelers take heed: Italy seems to be a breeding ground for pickpockets, who’ve turned this nefarious activity into practically a high art form; in fact, Italians themselves will advise tourists to carry backpacks in the front to thwart them.
More proactive, invest in a manageable-sized handbag with built-in anti-theft features that can be worn cross-body style and will keep your hands free for taking pictures and maintaining your balance on Pompeii’s uneven streets.
Pacsafe’s new Citysafe 175 Tablet Handbag ($70, www.Pacsafe.com) has eXomesh® slashguards so pickpockets can’t slash the bag nor cut through the shoulder straps. The detachable strap has ingenious turn-and-lock security strap hooks so it cannot be unclipped and the main compartment’s zipper clips to a hidden security hook.
The Citysafe 175 Tablet Handbag is padded for a tablet and has an electronics pocket and an RFIDsafe™ blocking pocket so your personal info remains just that. In a grown-up color palette with contrasting lining, the bag’s main compartment folds over with a snap closure for a smooth silhouette that travels from day to evening in fashion-ready poise.