From Pickpocket Thieves to Purse Snatchers...

A Brief Explanation of the Security Benefits of The OpStash

When referring to personal organizer security, there is a different connotation implied apart from using the organizer for self-defense.  Such security is also important, and refers to defensive measures against pick pocketing and snatching.

     The OpStash has several advantages to combat pick pocketing and snatching such as:
  • Because the OpStash allows meticulous cryptic positioning of your items, it makes it difficult for pro pickpocket thieves to plan the grab.
  • Because the OpStash can be worn and/or carried in a variety of ways, it further obstructs the planning strategies of pickpocket thieves.  Furthermore, this same concept helps to interfere with the planning of snatch and run thieves as well.
  • The Opstash has a carefully designed snap button closure which has a specific measurement from snap to snap that is designed to make it difficult to slip fingers through without snagging, further interfering with pick-pocketing attempts.
  • The snap button closure system is superior to zippers, because snap buttons are more easily felt in disengagement.  If something does need to be zipped for fear that it might fall out or through snap buttons, you can simply add a zippered pouch to the specific area needing a zippered closure.

Pro pick-pocket thieves love 2 things:

  • Open compartments   -and-
  • Zippered compartments.

Of course, open compartments are generally the easiest to pick.  But next up on the list is zippered compartments.  Zippered compartments often leave the soon-to-be victim with a false sense of security.  Pros at the game of pick-pocketing have several ways of infiltrating anything zipped.  And because it is zipped, the victim often does not pay attention because they think such area or compartment is guarded with a barrier.  Well, a closed zipper is a barrier, but not much of one.  Zippers are usually relatively quiet on disengagement, particularly to a pro pick-pocket thieves who practice disengaging them.   More importantly than the low noise is the low friction vibrations of disengaging a zipper, wherein the victim can not easily feel the zipper being disengaged.  Of course, there are things that you may want to have zipped, and a zippered enclosure is often the most practical for certain items like a coin pouch.

Whereas with snap buttons:

  • Either 2 hands or 2 other forces (such as 2 fingers) must press apart each button (Key:  In 2 opposing directions) until enough buttons are disengaged to pull the size of the object out of the compartment.  This takes more coordination and gets noticed more easily than 1 disengaging move in 1 direction such as with a zippered enclosure.
  • When buttons are unsnapped, the friction vibrations are relatively high in comparison to zipper disengagement.  Thus, the target individual is more likely to feel the disengagement.

When you have The OpStash, it's even better because:
  • The punctiliously designed spacing between each snap button of The OpStash is measured to interfere with pick-pocketing attempts.  This took hundreds of hours of math and research to determine the best spacing, and it's a trade secret, you must buy one or borrow one to measure this spacing.
  • If the pickpocket gets past the snap buttons (it's not impossible, just hard) then he/she has to confront yet another and  unknown  barrier  of the compartment of question within.
But even before all of that:
  • The scouting thief must first determine where your compartment/s are located.   Since you can position your compartment/s wherever you want inside your OpStash, it is difficult, and sometimes nearly impossible to determine where you may have an item inside The OpStash.
  • The pickpocket must often alter his/her angling comfort zones to infiltrate The OpStash since it can be worn and/or carried in so many different ways.

Pro  purse-snatchers  usually target women who carry their purse
in their hand or on their shoulder.


Whereas, with The OpStash:


  • The snatch-and-run thief must first try to make the determination of if you actually have anything inside your OpStash.
  • Then, if maybe you only keep certain things like a phone, (which they may not target).
  • Then, it takes them out of their comfort zone of experience and planning the easy grabs from women who are accustomed to carrying their purse or bag in their hand or on their shoulder.
  • If you have your OpStash secured to your body in some way, it is yet another hassle and barrier to them.
  • If they are still thinking about stealing your OpStash, you can use The OpStash Trojan Horse self-defense techniques such as having pepper-spray ready at an unknown location inside your OpStash.  This is an example of wherein self-defense techniques and security techniques cross paths and collide.


While standing in a line in a crowd, if using a handle you can hold your OpStash low and angled about 45° to your frontal position while inserting your thumb in a pocket of your pants.  Thus, both pickpocket thieves and snatch and run thieves must stoop with a low unnatural and highly visible maneuver to reach for their grab.  With your thumb in your pocket, it helps secure a quick pry attempt by snatch and run thieves.

A variation to the thumb-in-pocket handle hold is the thumb-in-waistline handle hold with a similar effect.  You can also alternate between the 2 positions.   If you are a woman and using a purse, you could theoretically use the same holds.  However the purse handles may be too flexible and awkward to hold compared to the slim structured OpStash with an aligned handle.

One possible technique to help make it more difficult for grab and run thieves is using a collar hook for any kind of handle that loops around the shoulder such as duffle bags or purses.  You can also use this technique with an OpStash in addition to other security mechanisms and tactics.