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    What gets stolen, why, and how?

    The best watch I own is worth the princely sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, but as I stumble down the road to WISdom the "first real watch" budget is increasing rapidly.

    Wearing an expensive watch raises the spectre of theft, covert or violent, so what gets targeted? Rolex seems like a gimme, and Hublot used Bernie Ecclestone's beaten face as an advert, but what about other makes? Are there "stealth" brands of watch that go unnoticed, or do specialist watch thieves exist that will pick up even on that?

    Any safety tips or theft experiences to share?

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    Thieves are going to steal your watch regardless. Even if it's a $10 casio f91w, they take everything and sort it out later.
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    Unless you are living in crime central, I don't think there is anything to worry about...

    Tips, don't leave your watch unattended and I think you will be just fine


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    Re: What gets stolen, why, and how?

    Quote Originally Posted by NightOwl View Post
    Thieves are going to steal your watch regardless. Even if it's a $10 casio f91w, they take everything and sort it out later.
    Random mugging, certainly, but carrying items that are clearly valuable will increase the risk of targeted crime. All else being equal, will an off-the-radar high-end watch be less at risk than a Rolex or Omega?

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    Most thefts are opportunistic, your wallet gets stolen whether there's $10 or $1000 inside it. Forced robbery is more rare but if somebody recognises an expensive watch on your wrist or you convey the impression that you're rich then there's certainly a chance a mugger may follow you out of a seedy bar looking for that opportunity.
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    Everything is possible, everything gets stolen as long as a thief thinks it can be flogged. There are pros and there are casual thiefs. You read newspapers, no ?
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    If the potential theft of your watch is a concern just wear a cheap resin cased Casio.
    The thief may not bother and if they do, it will cost you peanuts to replace it.

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    Statistically speaking, Walmart is pretty dangerous. 24/7, huge parking lots, often no security, multiple entrances in and out, just a magnet for crime. Never leave anything in a car, they get broken into all the time. But watches, phones, wallets, visible jewelry are classic targets of robberies. So many variables involved, and things like this depend on someone else's actions-who's going to break the law?
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    Re: What gets stolen, why, and how?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pencey Prep View Post
    If the potential theft of your watch is a concern just wear a cheap resin cased Casio. The thief may not bother and if they do, it will cost you peanuts to replace it.
    I'm aiming for a two-watch collection: a Gshock for anything with obvious damage risks, and a nice automatic for everything else.

    The possibility of theft is a factor in how nice I'm happy to go.

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    Re: What gets stolen, why, and how?

    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    Everything is possible, everything gets stolen as long as a thief thinks it can be flogged. There are pros and there are casual thiefs. You read newspapers, no ?
    100% agreed. This is totally random. Of course if you have a Rolex and a Casio, the Rolex will be stolen. But maybe even the Casio (for instance let's suppose you leave them in the same place). There are no specific rules, just be careful!
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