Pickpockets are a threat to travelers in many places across the world. We’ve written about them in Paris, about “pickpocket-proof pants” and the jackets I wear to keep safe, but a question remains: Where is the risk of pickpockets worst? Well, via MSN, a few years back TripAdvisor rounded up ten cities “to beware pickpockets,” complete with tourist sites at which the risk of being pickpocketed in each spikes. It seems the list is not a data-driven ranking as much as a list of anecdotal standouts, but given it comes from a user base as large as TripAdvisor’s, it can be taken seriously.
Eight of the ten cities are in Europe, including the list’s number-one pickpocket destination: Barcelona. From the list: “One TripAdvisor reviewer compares Barcelona pickpocketing to a generally practiced and accepted sport, like football. 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.” For my part, I’ve walked down Las Ramblas multiple times and never had a problem.
Rome and Prague round out the top three. See the full list here—and if you have your own pickpocket story or advice, please share it in the comments!
And because it’s relevant: Concerned about pickpockets? Don’t go without travel insurance. Here’s my write-up on my annual travel insurance plan.
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