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European Pickpocket Hotspots (Infographic)


This infographic of European pickpocket hotspots shows nine different cities, along with some of its famous sites, where this timeless crime still happens.

European Pickpocket Hotspots

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When travelling within Europe, be it as a lone-wolf, in a group, as a couple or with the whole family, it’s more important than ever to be aware of the risk of pickpockets. Take note that many holiday insurance providers place unrealistic caps on the value of claims for stolen valuables, in many cases as low as £200, making it vital to be vigilant against pickpockets.

But where are the pickpocketing hotspots of Europe?

European Pickpocket Hotspots #1: Barcelona

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Seen by locals as a generally practiced and accepted sport, like soccer, pickpocketing is common in Barcelona. More than 7.5 million tourists visit this Spanish city each year with all of these seen as potential targets.

Pickpocket Hotspots:

  • Las Ramblas
  • Plaza Catalunya
  • Barrio Gotico
  • Carrer Montcada

European Pickpocket Hotspots #2: Rome

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Millions of tourists each year flock to Rome to see for themselves the many cultural hotspots and historic landmarks, despite the fact that the large crowds present an easy target for pickpockets to take phones, cameras and money.

Pickpocket Hotspots:

  • Termini
  • The Via dei Fori lmperiali
  • Piazza di Spagna
  • Trionfale

European Pickpocket Hotspots #3: Prague

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The narrow, cobbled streets of Prague draw in over 5 million tourists each year but unfortunately, the city is also home to numerous gangs of pickpockets who are ready to steal valuables from unsuspecting holiday makers.

Pickpocket Hotspots:

  • The Old Town Square
  • The Charles Bridge
  • Karlova Street

European Pickpocket Hotspots #4: Madrid

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Madrid’s busy markets offer a wealth of opportunities for pickpockets to steal personal belongings whilst going almost unnoticed. In particular, Madrid’s pick-pockets commonly use distraction techniques, working in teams of two or more.

Pickpocket Hotspots:

  • El Rastro
  • The Metro
  • Puerta del Sol
  • Casa de Campo

European Pickpocket Hotspots #5: Paris

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With so much on offer for every type of tourist, from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, it’s no wonder that Paris welcomes 32.3 million visitors each year, with a number of these falling victim to the city’s pickpocket gangs.

Pickpocket Hotspots:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • Champs-Elysées
  • The Louvre

European Pickpocket Hotspots #6: Florence

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Florence’s pickpockets are notorious for dressing smart and using the city’s public transport systems, using rush-hour as a guise to take what they can from unsuspecting tourists as well as targeting those admiring public landmarks.

Pickpocket Hotspots:

  • The Ponte Vecchio
  • The San Lorenzo Market
  • Santa Maria Novella

European Pickpocket Hotspots #7: Amsterdam

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Despite being known as a relaxed and friendly tourist destination where ‘anything goes,’ Amsterdam’s streets are known to be awash with pickpockets, both petty thieves and organised gangs.

Pickpocket Hotspots:

  • Red Light District
  • Dam Square
  • Central Station

European Pickpocket Hotspots #8: Athens

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Given that many of Athens’ main attractions come in the form of monuments and other outstanding outdoor landmarks, security can often be a little on the low side, resulting in unwanted attention from pickpockets.

Pickpocket Hotspots:

  • Omonia Square
  • Metaxourgio
  • Monastiraki
  • Syntagma

European Pickpocket Hotspots #9: London

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Over 17 million tourists choose to visit London each year, a city which, like many others listed here, is home to gangs of pickpockets who are looking to steal personal belongings and valuables at any given opportunity.

Pickpocket Hotspots:

  • Oxford Street
  • Camden
  • Regent Street
  • Soho
  • Piccadilly Circus


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This infographic was created by digitaloft for Citybase Apartments. It was edited down here into separate slides to reduce the page load time of the entire, large graphic, but you can find the full infographic here »

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