Posted 16 May 2008 - 11:00 AM
To be honest with you, you can pretty much leave your stuff in the overhead rack in coach, too. I mean, don't leave obviously valuable items in plain sight! But most people who ride coach are not exactly wealthy, so it would be silly to assume that there is anything valuable in their stuff. There may or may not be- and leave your Louis Vuitton luggage at home- but the chance is low enough that people aren't going to risk searching a bag for it.
If they go for your bag it is because they know there is something of value that they can casually enough grab that it doesn't interest other passengers. A man walking up and down the car rummaging in the luggage racks invites questions. Especially if you talk to a few people in your coach such that they know the bag being rummaged through is yours.
Again, don't carry the Hope Diamond in your bag, and don't leave anything of salable value in plain sight, but thefts on trains are not all that common- in sleeper class, thieves don't ride and can't easily get in. In coach class, too many people might be watching and ask awkward questions.
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