The Clever Travel Companion Updates

Taking a road trip through the United States or Canada? November 17 2015, 0 Comments

The North American open road… there is nothing quite like it. Eating fresh watermelon from a fruit stand in the countryside, exploring little antique shops, hunting through college town bookstores, and touring national monuments. The views in North America are magnificent, and people are welcoming everywhere you go. To see it all is the dream of many a traveler, and my oh my is there much to see!

Why not see all of it with the comfort and safety of the Clever Travel Companion’s underwear with pockets! We also have t-shirts (both crew neck and v-neck), tank tops, and longjohn’s - all with hidden zippered pockets to keep your valuables safe.

You may be wondering, does North America really have that much of a problem with pickpockets? The answer is a resounding yes! The United States as a whole experiences 6,150,598 thefts a year - thefts that do not include burglary, robberies, housebreaking, or theft of a motor vehicle. Those 6 million thefts a year are pickpockets and muggings. That is 6 million thefts whose impact could be greatly lessened if the victims had only been wearing Clever Travel Companion clothing with hidden pockets.

Here are the top 10 U.S. Cities for number of pickpockets per year:

  1. New York, New York - 112,526

  2. Chicago, Illinois - 78,444

  3. Houston, Texas - 77,058

  4. San Antonio, Texas - 67,684

  5. Los Angeles, California - 57,414

  6. Dallas, Texas - 41,481

  7. Phoenix, Arizona - 39,643

  8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 37,941

  9. Austin, Texas - 37,054

  10. Columbus, Ohio - 30,204

Unfortunately, the Canadian government doesn’t publish theft statistics for their cities or municipalities, but we do know that overall Canada has a total of 512,230 thefts every year. That is still quite a large number when you think of the size of Canada compared to the United States.

Be safe out there, and wear your Clever Travel Companion clothes with hidden pockets. Happy travels, ya’ll!


Going to exotic Asia? November 06 2015, 0 Comments

The Asian continent boasts exquisite cuisine, some of the best beaches and dive spots, and the most modern architecture in the world. The big cities are bustling with people, and rural areas can find you miles from the nearest neighbor. Asia is a place of extremes - the tallest mountains, the politest cultures, the spiciest foods. How can you not be entranced by the call of Asia?

But just like every other tourist destination, Asian countries have their fair share of pickpockets. Before you jet off to Japan, Vietnam, Korea, or any other Asian country don’t forget to buy your Clever Travel Companion clothes with hidden, zippered pockets. These hidden pockets are designed to be sturdy and not obvious to others. They are so comfortable to wear and give you peace of mind while traveling.

A quick note before we get into the crime statistics. China does not keep statistics on theft - what few crime statistics the Chinese government do keep (like homicide rates) are very suspect. Many renowned organizations, including the United Nations, have noted that Chinese crime statistics are not reliable and appear to be much higher than actually reported. The crime statistics reported by the Chinese government are simply misleading. For this reason, we do not include China in our ranking, though it is very likely that they should be on this list. Hong Kong, on the other hand, does keep crime statistics, including theft. You can bet that if tiny Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China) is on the list, China probably should be on there too. We’ve even been seeing reports of Chinese pickpockets using chopsticks to take from pockets and purses. So, we know they are out there.

Top 10 Asian Countries for Pickpocket Activity (thefts per year)

  1. Japan - 541,008

  2. Bangladesh - 330,312

  3. Republic of Korea - 290,055

  4. Kazakhstan - 178,426

  5. India - 109,839

  6. Thailand - 61,663

  7. Philippines - 43,606

  8. Malaysia - 37,128

  9. Hong Kong - 33,664

  10. Indonesia - 25,036

A pickpocket in China caught on surveillance camera using chopsticks to take a cell phone from an unsuspecting person



USA Today Readers' Best: The Clever Travel Companion October 26 2015, 0 Comments

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