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Also a meeting planner.

We've had staff lose their laptops to theives. One even had the security lock on it but had wrapped it around the leg of a table. Took them probably .00001 seconds to remove it.

The organizers need better security/badge checkers to make sure no one gets in the hall without a badge. I would bet money it was locals who know the general uniform color scheme of the convention center employees and just made the rounds unnoticed. (That's what happened to our laptops.)

Sucks. Sorry.

i saw post after post about stolen wallets on twitter. that sucks!

Besides, just last week I tore the house apart looking for a check that had actually not yet arrived. So it wasn't too farfetched for me to think that I had somehow bent over in a such a way that my gigantic wallet would have fallen out and I wouldn't have noticed.

I'm so sorry--what a shame that this happened at BlogHer.

What a bummer!! One thing that I've read related to this topic:

Make copies of the front and backs of all cards you keep in your wallet and store those copies at home. That way, in case your wallet is ever stolen or lost, you at least have easy access to the account numbers and contact phone numbers to call and cancel the cards.

Of course, have I done this yet? No. Sigh.

UGH!
This was a downer to hear that this happened to you. I do appreciate the heads up from you when I was in the Expo Hall and like you, I was admonishing people to zip up their bags and hold tight to them. I saw little on the twitter stream as well and was sorely surprised. Once again, I am sorry that this happened to you and anyone else at the conference.

As a meeting and event planner I have to say that one of the biggest issues with this scenario is what you didn't do-report it right away. I certainly understand why but likely people spoke about it to EACHOTHER but forgot to tell anyone of consequence until it was out of control. Also, any of these conferences are prime targets for thieves (International shows are worse, and don't get me started on Vegas)b/c people know that attendees often have their guards down.
Hopefully the show organizers are now savvy enough to keep an eye on all Twitter hash tags...somehow that's always how I seem to find out my juiciest details. And perhaps bump up the security in future years.

Such a bummer to have your wallet stolen, but at least you could still eat and manage to get home. How does that work with security?

I often assume that I'm the one at fault in these situations too. It's probably very good advice to assume stolen first in a large convention setting.

Glad you still had a good time!

I only take two cards with me on trips. Ones with low limits. Because I've had my card numbers swiped with cell phone cameras before.

But? I use almost exclusively cash. (I separate it into different places.) Which now that I'm reading this, may not be the best idea.

I'm sorry you never got your wallet back.

The not taking everything and divying up what you do have is excellent. Friends too ;)

ironic that the Cool Mom Picks ad link follows this post...

sorry. Sorry!

sucks about the wallet. everything is fixable but damn what a pain in the ass.

In my past travel life, the trade shows/conferences were always where we had problems with stolen purses, wallets, etc. And sadly in my experience at more han one event, its been the show contractors - cleaning crews, etc. that are walking through the show booths changing out the trash cans seemingly inconspicuous and trusted that ended up being the culprits - we actually caught one in a closed meeting room rifling through bags in Vegas one year.
Great advice to share with the expo people so they can take action and share with the entire floor.

People were having their phones stolen too. I know because I gave a few away to those unlucky souls. I've never heard of so much theft at a conference before and something tells me it probably wasn't a regular attendee. But then again, who knows.

That totally sucks! I was at BlogHer & had no idea any wallets were stolen until I got home & saw mentions on twitter. Unfortunately, I think many of us would have responded the same way you did.....by blaming ourselves. It's just so easy to do b/c we've all been there.

Excellent advice and I'm glad you didn't let your stolen wallet ruin the good time for you.

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