What are some tricks you employ to keep the luggage safe while going to washroom during a solo journey in Indian railway?
As a solo traveller I always prefer upper berth, specially while travelling in non-ac sleeper class and 3AC class.
1. Always opt upper berth as your preference while booking your ticket. 9 out of 10 times , you will get an upper berth for your journey.
Upper berths are the safest berths for the solo tavellers as it is quite difficult for anyone to reach out for the bag kept at the corner towards wall side at upper berth.
Heavy luggage is always safe. You can keep your heavy trolley bags below the lower berths but don’t forget to lock them. No thief want to run with a heavy bag . They always look for laptop bags or similar size bags which makes easier for them to run.
2. Avoid leaving your berth for washroom when train is moving slowly specially when train is departing from any station .Wait till the train touches a suitable speed of at least 40–50 kmph.
In most of the cases,theft is reported when train departs from any station. This helps theives to run away as any person running behind has to sacrifice his train and generally people avoid doing that. Why your co-passengers will sacrifice their train for you luggage? Rare, They will.
3. Avoid using expensive devices (like i-pads, laptops etc.) from the time you enter into a station to catch your train (specially for female solo travellers).
Thieves generally target their hunt from the station and most of the times they look for female solo travellers and using expensive devices will attract them to target you. If it is urgent, use them after boarding .