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Mugging/Theft Diversionary Device

By Bryan Black

Mugging / Theft Diversionary Device

I’ve been getting a few emails since posting my Every Day Carry kit in our newly created ITS Tactical EDC Flickr Group.

Most have been requesting more information about my secondary “giveaway” wallet.

I came up with this idea a few years ago, but have only recently gotten around to carrying it on a regular basis.

The premise is that in the event of a mugging, or the old “gimme your wallet” routine, I’d reach back to my left rear pocket and pull out the giveaway wallet (I’m right handed and carry my real wallet in my right rear pocket).

My theory is that the person “requesting” my wallet would most likely be doing so at gunpoint or using a knife, and is going to want to leave the area as soon as possible.

They’re not going to sit there and dig through it to see what the contents are. Even if they do, I have a few bucks in there just to make the illusion more plausible.

Don’t get me wrong, just like you I don’t want to ever be the victim, but if this simple diversionary technique can give me the upper hand or allow me to fight another day, then I feel it will be worth it.


My secondary wallet is just a cheap black faux-leather wallet I picked up for a few bucks, nothing that I don’t mind losing.

I’ve also been collecting those fake credit card offer cards for some time now, you know, the ones that say “your name here.”

My giveaway wallet is filled with about five of those cards, and as mentioned above, a few dollars in cash.

That’s just in case I wind up face to face with a Steve Miller Band mugger who just wants to take the money and run…

Let me know if you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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