Have thefts of belongings of visitors increased in Karakol?

Recently, messages about the theft of valuable items have been appearing more frequently in chat rooms where expats and locals interested in common topics communicate. If these incidents extend to tourists, such practices could negatively impact the region’s image. It is unknown whether a certain confusion plays a role in the emergence of such situations, which can be felt from some expats, but the messages that have caught the eye clearly refer to people who are at least capable of finding themselves useful occupation.

Hello everyone. At the Victory Park near the horizontal bars on the east side, a wallet containing money, cards, and an ID was taken out of a bag. If anyone finds it, please let me know.

I am training children in rugby at the park and we leave our things near the horizontal bars where we mostly practice. But for certain exercises, we go to a grassy meadow about 30 meters away. I didn’t notice the theft until later. Luckily, only my things were stolen, and the children’s things were not touched.

One way or another, it would be beneficial for relocations to create an informal organization, like a trade union, – first and foremost for mutual assistance, secondly – to not appear as vulnerable individuals in the eyes of those who, by virtue of their profession, are used to watching people and their behavior.

In the autumn, in the central park, while chatting on my phone, I left my purse with all my documents on a bench, thinking I had put it in my backpack. A young man caught up with me a couple of minutes later, shouting, “Excuse me, you forgot your bag!” I said, “Allahu Akbar” to him and he left. I was so happy that I didn’t even thank him. After counting my money, I found out that he had rewarded himself with one thousand som. I had brought four thousand som with me, but after counting it, I only had three. However, I would have rewarded him with at least that amount anyway, so I am not upset with him. 😁

When visiting natural hot springs in the foothills of the Issyk-Kul region, local residents who watch over them would advise not to leave the doors open during the tourist season, as one can easily lose their phones and wallets. Therefore, similar situations are not entirely new. Tourists with experience of traveling in Asia may not be surprised by such incidents.

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