A number of posters on this forum have referred to airports' airside areas as 'safe' or 'secure'. It seems to me that the presence of security checks gives some passengers the impression that there is a reduced risk from thieves and pick pockets. I believe that airside areas offer opportunities for thieves because
- Travellers are often carrying more cash than usual;
- Passengers are unpacking and repacking valuables (e.g. mobile phones, watches, tablet computers) at the security screening points;
Departing or transfer passengers can be stressed or disorientated;
So-called 'duty free shops' have fewer inventory controls than those in shopping malls and on high streets;
- Thieves can easily and cheaply gain access to airside areas (low cost airlines often offer very cheap fares).
I searched online but could not find any data on the incidence of theft in airside areas. Are there any airports or airport authorities that publish such data?