Protecting Your Stuff, and the Backpack that Carries it all


You are a person on the move. An individual with a plan, a destination, and a direction. You need to be prepared for anything, so you have everything, and it is all stored in your backpack sourse: It carries your electronics, your books your clothes, your ID; your bag is the vessel in which your most important belongings travel.

And criminals know that

When it comes to easily stolen items, not much comes above the backpack. They are small, portable, everyone has them and often times they are very generic. If you leave your pack sitting on a bench at the bus station, it could be gone within seconds. And even if someone doesn't steal the bag itself, it only takes a moment to unzip your bag and gain access to your laptop, tablet, camera, or even your credit cards. Criminals are constantly on the lookout for a chance to strike, and they are equipped with the knowledge that SOMETHING in your bag is worth money. It is up to you to protect it.


Cars have alarms, bikes have locks, but there are few things that protect backpacks against thieves. Because of this, backpack anti theft can be broken down into two central categories.

‘Protecting the Bag Protecting Contents:

The valuable possessions when you are out and about are the contents of your bag. You carry your computer, camera, and even personal identification and credit cards. With so much of value, you must take action to secure these items from potential dangers.

The easiest way to stop a criminal from stealing what is inside of your bag is to stop them from every gaining entry in the first place. This can be done with a very simple device: the luggage lock.

These inexpensive devices operate by way of several numbered barrels. When these are turned to a preset position, the lock opens. When they aren't there is no way, save for breaking or cutting the lock, to gain entry. Many backpacks feature zippers with built in luggage lock loops on the zippers. These small rings intertwine and allow your to place a lock through them. Because the lock is attached directly to the slider body and not the pull tab, they are the most secure way to lock up your stuff. And don't worry; attaching a lock to the pull tab of your backpack's zippers is often more than enough to stop even a determined thief.

Of course, if you don't want to put a lock on your bag you have to go to the contents themselves. In order to fully protect yourself from opportunistic criminals, limit the valuables in your bag, and keep any necessary valuables out of sight. Hide them in strategic locations, or keep them on your person. If you are carrying electronics, consider installing anti theft apps that will allow you to track the device in the case that it is stolen.

Protecting the Bag:

When it is the bag that a criminal is after, no lock will stop them from grabbing it up. In this case it comes down to your own behavior.

Remember these two simple rules to make sure you will always have your bag with you at the end of the day:

Keep your bag near you*Keep your bag within sight

By ensuring that your bag is with you, you know that no one has walked off with it. That means not leaving it unattended while you are in the rest room, and not setting it down in busy public areas.

Keeping the bag within sight is also important. If you are sitting on a bench, busy on your phone with your bag beside you on the ground, it is unlikely you will notice if someone slides it away from you. Keeping the bag in your line of sight ensures that no one can try to pick up your bag without you noticing.

Remember that, as easy as it is to carry your bag around, it is just as easy for someone to steal it. Don't let them. Keep a close eye on your backpack when you are in public, and take the steps necessary to make sure no one can get into your things.


Miss Elle is a photographer and style-obsessed artist living in Seattle, WA.