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Barcelona, Pickpocket Capital of the World

Postby UnHab on Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:28 pm

From Tripadvisor.com, which bases its findings on the views of travel writers and online complaints to its forums.

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TRIPADVISOR POINTS OUT TOP 10 PLACES WORLDWIDE TO BEWARE PICKPOCKETS
European Cities Run Off with Majority of Top 10 and Spain Snags Two Spots

NEWTON, Mass. – September 10, 2009 – /PRNewswire/ – TripAdvisor®, the world's most popular and largest travel community, today announced ten cities to beware pickpockets, according to TripAdvisor travelers and editors, and five tips to avoid getting pickpocketed. Visitors would do well to watch their bags particularly in major European cities, where many popular outdoor attractions are tourist havens – and prime targets for purse-snatchers.
1. Fear and Loathing in Las Ramblas: Barcelona, Spain

One reviewer actually compares Barcelona pickpocketing to a generally practiced and accepted sport, like soccer. For those who'd rather stay off the field, take caution: Las Ramblas, the famous wide, pedestrian walkway full of life, music, and people at all hours of the day and night, is the perfect place to get your purse poached.
2. Rome Rascals: Rome, Italy

With its ancient buildings and astounding historical and cultural attractions, Rome is full of both tourists and incredible things to sightsee. With thousands of people admiring the Trevi Fountain or the Pantheon, it's easy for a pickpocket to lift a camera or purse with a quick snip of scissors or some clever handiwork with a zipper.
Travelers beware: 5 of Rome's top 10 most popular attractions according to TripAdvisor's Popularity Index are busy, outdoor attractions.
3. Cash or Czech: Prague, Czech Republic

The famously beautiful Charles Bridge is lined with 30 baroque-style statues, as well as thousands of tourists who crowd its ancient stones each year, making a perfect recipe for pickpocketing. Before taking in the view of the Vltava River and the Prague Castle beyond, be sure valuables are strapped down.
Travelers beware: 6 of Prague's top 10 most popular attractions according to TripAdvisor's Popularity Index are busy, outdoor attractions.
4. Madrid Mischief: Madrid, Spain

El Rastro fleamarket and the crowded metro are often cited as spots where unfriendly pickpocket schemes can put a damper on a visit to this beautiful city. However, travelers should also beware that in museums (Madrid has many) pickpockets can be crafty as well, preying on distracted tourists.
5. Poaching in Paris: Paris, France

The City of Light draws enormous crowds from the base of the Eiffel Tower to the steps of Sacré-Coeur and everywhere in between. But enormous crowds can also be found below ground, in the city's metro system, where travelers should be especially cautious.
6. Italian Job: Florence, Italy

It is certainly easy to see why tourists would be distracted by the majestic beauty of Michelangelo's David and the other incredible and awe-inspiring works of art and pieces of history all around Florence. When admiring Michelangelo's creation, or at its replica in busy Piazza della Signoria, be alert that others may have their attention on your wallet.
7. Don't Cry for Me: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is a vibrant and culturally rich city with much to offer, from the famed Teatro Colon to the city's many distinct neighborhoods. However, if while sightseeing you find you are suddenly covered in "bird droppings" (likely mustard) and a "friendly" local (likely a thief) happens to be standing by with napkins to help you clean up, beware.
Travelers beware: 5 of Buenos Aires's top 10 most popular attractions according to TripAdvisor's Popularity Index are busy, outdoor attractions.
8. No Dutch Treat: Amsterdam, Netherlands

It's easy to get carried away in Amsterdam with so many fun things to see and do, but don't be too taken in by the canals and the friendly, laid-back atmosphere – pickpocketers have been known to take advantage of countless tourists in this enchanting city.
9. Greek Tragedy: Athens, Greece

This legendary city features countless ancient monuments, many of which are outdoors. Whether visiting the Parthenon on the Acropolis, or anything else in this magnificent historic city, keep the bags close to the vest while your eyes admire the rest.
Travelers beware: 5 of Athens's top 10 most popular attractions according to TripAdvisor's Popularity Index are busy, outdoor attractions.
10. Hands On in Hanoi: Hanoi, Vietnam

The capital of Vietnam has its charming Old Quarter, littered with monuments and colonial architecture, and the city also features 600 temples and pagodas, making it a beautiful and unique place to visit, but also a place to stay alert for mischief.
Travelers beware: 5 of Hanoi's top 10 most popular attractions according to TripAdvisor's Popularity Index are busy, outdoor attractions.
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Re: Barcelona, Pickpocket Capital of the World

Postby yellowrain87 on Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:11 am

Crime is so dangerous. It's disastrous if a pick-pocketer steals my passport.
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Re: Barcelona, Pickpocket Capital of the World

Postby sarahg83 on Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:39 pm

I would warn that you don't keep your passport in your pocket. This is the last thing that you want to loose. It is a good idea to go with a front wallet on trips like this. I hear that they are also good for your back. Thanks for good advise.
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Re: Barcelona, Pickpocket Capital of the World

Postby riham on Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:45 am

I've seen various type of this scam. Just be careful with what you read pass-4sure.ws ...moreover in this time of crisis.
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