"If you're saying that every tourist who gets robbed is arrogantly ignoring/disregarding advice or not doing any research on the subject...that's ridiculous"
I said no such thing, and I'd appreciate your not putting words in my mouth.
"The suggestion that all travelers turn into some sort Jason Bourne type creature who instantly reacts and defends against robbers like some sort of cyborg is not realistic."
Where did this come from? Nobody has suggested anything like this on this thread.
"Nobody is perfect, some folks are slower to recognize scams than others, and when distractions occur you may have been robbed before you can even put your guard up"
I perfectly understand this. If someone takes all precautions and gets victimized because of a distraction situation (such as a previous poster on another thread who admitted that he should have been more aware), then I agree there was nothing more they could do. It is a risk of traveling that everyone is subject to.
I was referring to people who are advised to wear a money belt, leave valuables in a hotel safe, don't put your wallet in your back pocket, etc but ignore the advice and insist on wearing a backpack on their back because "it's more comfortable there than in front" or wear a fanny pack on their back because "it's what I do at home", or don't wear a money belt because "it's uncomfortable" and then cry because someone stole from them in a crowded train station. I'm saying that these behaviors just make it easier for a potential thief and you're more likely to get victimized if you make it so easy for them - might as well paint a target on your back..