Obvious reasons... can´t be arsed backing the whole thing up before I travel and also the insurance on single objects goes up to a certain amount ($500 or so) which I´m sure your laptop will exceed.
I picked my insurance on good coverage of electronics (plus unlimited medical), so that's not a worry for me. (Not that the value of my laptop has been in excess of $500 for a year or two now, but very important for the camera. (A D200 plus lenses.))
With regards to the wire mesh..... hmmm..... this smacks of I´ve got something expensive in my bag.... so steal it!
Ah, good point. Will have to weigh the risks, there.
[ Edit: Edited on Oct 10, 2007, at 4:21 AM by Sander ]
I am Peruvian and I live in Lima, so here what I have to say:
Peru is dangerous if you show off your stuff. If you don't, no one will know what you are carrying. Peru, in general, is a safe place, much less violent than Mexico or Argentina, for instance.
How to move? Every person here knows which are the dangerous places, so you just need to ask. In Lima, for example, the dangerous zones are downtown Lima, La Victoria and El Callao. Just stay away from them and your chances to be held up will be greatly reduced.
You don't need to get too worried as Peruvian people are very friendly and like to help tourists. Ask in every city which are the dangerous places and you will be fine. Oh, and avoid buying souveniers in Miraflores as they are overpriced.
Hope this helps.
Sander are you really sure you need the laptop????
Trust me i live on mine while at home and last year while i was in Central and South America for 11 months i so nearly took mine however im glad i didnt. I think its just one of those things people think its impossible to live without.I never had problems finding internet cafes and using computers in youth hostels and i was using internet banking,uploading photos and sending emails all the time.
Plus i always see all these people travelling with laptops these days and its quite sad they just seem to cut themselves off for hours on end and then spend all the time worrying it will get stolen.
However if you do still take it then i will say 90% of the hostels i stayed in had lockers in the rooms and i was always in dorms.I had an expensive camera,psp,iPod,phone and never ever had a problem anywhere.