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The 5 European cities where we are many expected to be pickpocketed

January 30th, 2016 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • Pickpockets use a accumulation of divergent methods to take from tourists
  • Most European pickpockets work in groups and use daze methods
  • More than 300 thefts are reported each day in traveller hotspot Barcelona 

Max Margan For Mailonline

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The looter gangs of Europe are masters of their trade – and they can hurt a holiday.

Most European pickpockets work in groups and use daze methods to sack gullible tourists during renouned attractions.

Chief selling officer for TripAdvisor Christine Peterson said: ‘Not always a simple “lift-and-run” operation, consultant pickpocketing can infrequently engage some-more difficult scams. Travellers need to be wakeful of all kinds of tricks meant to confuse them from their effects while enjoying renouned universe attractions.’

Here are a 5 European cities that according to TripAdvisor are places to be generally wakeful of conniving pickpockets – and tips on how to equivocate apropos a target.

Barcelona 

More than 300 thefts are reported each day in traveller hotspot Barcelona and Las Ramblas (pictured) is where many occur

More than 300 thefts are reported each day in traveller hotspot Barcelona and Las Ramblas (pictured) is where many occur

With a overwhelming Catalan design and unblemished coastline, it is no consternation Barcelona is one of Europe’s tip traveller destinations.

But some-more than 300 thefts are reported each day in this fantastic city, earning itself a repute as a looter collateral of a world.

You can turn a plant anywhere in Barcelona, though thieves quite aim Cathedral Square, Las Ramblas, Plaza Catalunya and Plaza Real.

Paris

Parisian  military with bicycles during watch over tourists. The city, one of a world's most-visited, is plentiful with pickpockets

Parisian military with bicycles during watch over tourists. The city, one of a world’s most-visited, is plentiful with pickpockets

Paris is one of a world’s many visited cities, though a traveller attractions that make a ‘city of love’ famous are plentiful with pickpockets.

The Eiffel Tower was sealed for a day final year after staff went on strike perfectionist assistance to understanding with thieves handling around a landmark.

The Louvre, a world’s many visited museum, was sealed in 2013 also since of strikes associated to pickpockets targeting tourists and employees.

French military launched a vital operation targeting looter gangs final year.

Madrid

Plaza Mayor in Madrid is a place where tourists contingency always keep their effects secure

Plaza Mayor in Madrid is a place where tourists contingency always keep their effects secure

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR 

The bottleneck

Most pickpockets work in teams. Be heedful when in swarming areas, keep your pass tighten and keep it safe.

The cover-up

Some pickpockets play a purpose of a mislaid tourist, fluctuating a map in front of them. They afterwards proceed an gullible tourist, and with a map providing a shield, excavate into a bag and take a tourist.

The distraction

One of a organisation of pickpockets distracts a victim, while another leans in to take possessions. Common rouse’s can be seeking for directions or seeking if they have mislaid something.

The hugger mugger

A burglar will act a inebriated dope outward a pub, hugging people in a crafty ploy. Then a discerning drop into a trouser slot and a gullible traveller is passport-less. Key tip: don’t put your pass in a behind pocket. 

Madrid, a second Spanish city to make MailOnline Travel’s tip five, is home to a barbarous ‘Bosnian clan’.

Four women who form a scandalous looter squad done a name for themselves in Barcelona – where they attacked thousands of tourists and Metro users – before relocating on to Madrid.

In 2013 a squad was criminialized from all of Madrid’s subterraneous network, before a anathema was overturned on a authorised technicality.

Pickpocketing on a Madrid Metro forsaken by 40 per cent while a confining sequence was in place.

The Metro, a Plaza Mayor and Cibeles Square are primary aim areas for Madrid’s thieves.

Prague

Charles Bridge (pictured), Karlova Street, Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are mostly targeted by thieves in Prague

Charles Bridge (pictured), Karlova Street, Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are mostly targeted by thieves in Prague

TRIPADVISOR’S FIVE TIPS FOR AVOIDING PICKPOCKETS 

1. Never keep your wallet or valuables in your back pocket, even if it buttons – it’s by distant a easiest target.

2. Beware of a daze tactic. Dropping something nearby you, squirting something on you, or simply jostling you. Be on ensure when in crowds, and secure your belongings.

3. Pickpockets mostly work in pairs or groups and it’s not only a common suspects. Be discreet with any strangers – infrequently people who don’t demeanour like they’d be a threat, such as children or a elderly, can be partial of incomparable operations.

4. Stay warning in cramped spaces and nearby passageways. Try to equivocate station nearby a doorways of trains as groups of pickpockets can rush during we when a doors open.

5. Before we set off on a trip, prune down a essence of your purse or wallet as a smaller a bulge, a reduction expected pickpockets are to covet it. 

The pickpockets of Prague ordinarily aim open transport, quite a routes to and from Prague Castle and other vital traveller sites.

Charles Bridge, Karlova Street, Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are also selected areas for pickpockets and fraud artists.

Unlike many cities eminent for looter gangs, here thieves customarily work as individuals.

Rome

Piazza Cavour (pictured) in Rome is where pickpockets infrequently congregate

Piazza Cavour (pictured) in Rome is where pickpockets infrequently congregate

The British Foreign Office describes pickpocketing as ‘endemic’ in Rome.

In this fantastic city, pickpockets rally where a tourists are, in sold around a Vatican, a Spanish Steps and a Colosseum.

Other high risk areas embody Prati, Trionfale, Via Emo, and Piazza Cavour.

 


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