🔴 City with at least one stopped pick-pocket


June 17, 2015

18th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Barcelona Pick-Pocket Escape!

Dear Clothing Arts,

Back in June 2013, while on a family trip to Rome, I narrowly escaped a pickpocket attempt while boarding a bus at Termini station. I had read up on my destinations and was keenly aware of the main areas that pickpockets frequented in Rome and the other places we visited, as well as their methods. Fortunately, I was able to avoid an unpleasant situation, but it surely left me with an unpleasant taste in my mouth and a feeling of vulnerability that I do not want to have while enjoying my travels.

I first read about Adam’s pants in an article in the Chicago Tribune and it caught my interest. I was fortunate enough to meet Adam at a Travel show in Chicago and was able to see the clothes first hand. I ordered 3 pairs of pants for an upcoming trip to the Mediterranean that we took earlier this year.

While my wife and I were in Barcelona on February 28, 2015, we were heading to Parc Guell for the afternoon on public transportation. We took the subway to a bus - when we got out of the subway station, I was completely disoriented as to what direction anything was. In my moment of weakness, I feel like a big arrow was pointing at my head screaming tourist!

We found the bus stop and there were several people waiting, and none of them spoke English. There were some nice elderly ladies who sort of made me comfortable that I was going the right way, as well as a couple of other guys waiting to get on bus.

When the bus came, one of the guys that had been waiting boarded first, and the second guy graciously motioned to let me pass before him. I assumed that he would let my wife pass with me but he did not. He followed me on the bus and him and the first guy sandwiched me as I tried to validate my ticket. Sure enough they were trying to hit me!

Having been through it before in Rome, I knew what was going on, but felt much different this time as I had my pickpocket proof pants. Once I felt that sensation of violation (hands all over me that don’t belong there), I immediately moved to the back of the bus away from the two guys, Sure enough the button on my rear pocket was undone and the zipper was not fully closed. But my wallet was secure and I was confident that I was as well.

My wife and I are going to Budapest and Prague next month. I am ordering two pairs of shorts today as it will be warm there. I’ve been doing my homework and know where the pickpockets frequent there, but I have no worries. With a little diligence and my pants from Clothing Arts, I feel safe going anywhere!

Bob R from Plainfield, Illinois




June 07, 2015

17th Stopped Pick-Pocket: French Train Station Stop

Dear Clothing Arts,

My wife and I were on a trip to southern France recently. It was my first trip wearing my new P3 pants. I kept my wallet & passport in the left cargo pocket (snap + buttons) and my iPhone in the right cargo pocket.

As we were boarding a train at a small station one stop beyond the main station at Nice, I felt a small tug at the left pocket. I instinctively slapped at the hand as I turned around to see a young woman and a male companion looking at me as if to say “How dare you foil our attempt to pick your pocket!”.

That one incident made the purchase price worth every penny. Beyond that, I have to say that the pants were very comfortable. I wore them every day and rinsed them out only once.

Regards,

Bob from Indiana, USA




May 21, 2015

15 & 16th Stopped Pick-Pocket by One Traveler in Athens!


Dear Clothing Arts,

We were traveling in Greece and Turkey in October, 2014. This was my first trip with my new ClothingArts slacks. Two pick-pocket attempts were foiled in Athens.

The first was in a crowd listening to street music, where I was quite mindful of possible pick-pockets. A young child first "bumped" into me right at my back pocket level, followed shortly by another pressure against the same pocket, apparently from an adult I saw walking away. The concealed zipper on the slacks seemed to been a significant deterrent there.

The second attempt was on a crowded Athens subway. I knew it was coming. As my wife and I stood in the car I watch five men make their way down the car, with one selling Kleenex as a distraction. They stopped around me, but didn't get off at that station. As several of the men were pressed up against me, I could then feel the zipper on my front pocket being pulled - the pocket where I kept my wallet. Fortunately the wallet was inside the second velcro enclosure inside the pocket, and our stop was next, so I said "excuse me" and pushed towards the door. The men would not even move out of the way for my wife and I, but we shoved our way out the door with all our valuables in tact.

Thanks for the extra protection of these slacks. - Bill from California




February 12, 2015

14th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Athens Metro Pick-Pocket Team

Dear Clothing Arts,

I knew I would be a good pick-pocket target in Europe. On the Athens Metro, Acropolis station stop, there are a lot of tourists because of the Parthenon Temple above. I remember the station was crowded as usual. When I was aboard the train, I could feel someone touch my front pocket, but I wasn't aware of exactly what was happening because it was so crowded. After the train door closed, one guy touched my shoulder and tried to talk to me: "Do you know English?"

I didn't reply to him and pretended I didn't understand. At the same moment, I could feel movement in my front pocket. When I looked down, someone touched my shoulder again and asked, "This station?"

I looked at him and immediately looked down at my front pocket. I saw another guy was using his finger and trying to open my pocket. Of course, he failed. I slapped his hand and looked right at him. He looked so confused and embarrassed!

At the same time, we arrived at my destination. Before I left the train, I pointed to the two guys and yelled "thief." The door closed and everyone was staring at them.

Thanks for the great pants!

Bill from CA, USA

Photo: Bill & Clothing Arts owner/designer Adam Rapp at the San Francisco Travel & Adventure Show right after Bill told us about the stopped pick-pocket!




January 14, 2015

13th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Ho Chi Minh City Encounter

Dear Clothing Arts

Not only are the travel version of the "Pickpocket-Proof" pants comfortable, but the live up to their name. One evening about 8PM, I was walking south on De Tham Street in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and I was accosted a local, who began to "proposition" me.

She grabbed my right forearm with her right hand, and proceeded to try to get into my zippered pocket with her left hand. NO LUCK! I pushed her away as she tried to get into the cargo pocket. Nothing there. "To Bad, So Sad."

These pants are "cheap" traveler's insurance, when I think about the lost time and the inconvenience I avoided.

Thanks.

Dwight from WA, USA




September 19, 2014

12th Stopped Pick-Pocket: St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

Dear Clothing Arts

Just thought I would tell you of a recent experience in St. Peter's basilica in Rome.

Huge crowd and I felt a person pushing against me and trying to undo the back pocket of the Adventure Pants.

She failed and when I confronted her, she slunk away with an abject apology and a very embarrassed expression on her face!

Not that there was anything of value in the pocket, except a map of Rome!

Thanks for the great product!

John from Australia




July 11, 2014

11th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Securing My Pockets in Mexico

Dear Clothing Arts:

I just want to tell you how amazing your pickpocket proof shorts are. I wore them to a club in Playa Del Carmen last night. I was drugged in the club around 2am and my friend had to help me walk. On the way out the girls (working for the people that drugged me we think) started feeling up my friend and I and it turned out they were emptying our pockets.

My friend had his iPhone 5 stolen. I had my wallet with credit card, lots of cash, passport, and iPhone 5 on me, and they weren't able to get a thing. I woke up with all my possessions :)

Thank you so much

Dan from North Carolina




July 11, 2014

10th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Rome Metro #4

Review taken from one of our major customer's website




November 19, 2013

9th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Baltimore Bandit

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Gentlemen,

I purchased 2 pair of Business Traveler Pants some time ago.  My first occasion to wear them was an extended visit to Baltimore while my daughter had surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Hopkins security alerted us to petty crime explaining they are a lucrative soft target.  I did feel like I got "brushed-up" while moving through a crowded entry, but all my possessions survived the encounter.  I felt very secure from pick-pockets that frequent the environs around the hospital.

Your pants are comfortable, suitable for business casual wear, and most importantly petty-crime-proof.  I had enough to worry about without adding pick-pocket theft and associated identity crisis to my list, and P^cubed Business Travel pants eliminated that worry.  Thankfully, my most important worry - my daughter's surgery - was completely successful.

Great designs are those that work, and their designers deserve recognition.  Hooah and Good Job!

Regards,
Tom from Texas, USA




October 10, 2013

8th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Button Flaps Outsmart Roman Thief

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Dear Clothing Arts Team,

We just returned from a trip to Europe, including stops in Italy, France and Spain.  Your pants performed wonderfully and foiled at least one attempt in Rome.

Your clothing fits well and the pockets and flaps are well thought out.

Regards,

Marty from Texas, USA