European Pickpocket Hotspots
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
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.
- Las Ramblas
- Plaza Catalunya
- Barrio Gotico
- Carrer Montcada
European Pickpocket Hotspots #2: Rome
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.
- The Via dei Fori lmperiali
- Piazza di Spagna
European Pickpocket Hotspots #3: Prague
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.
- The Old Town Square
- The Charles Bridge
- Karlova Street
European Pickpocket Hotspots #4: Madrid
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.
- El Rastro
- The Metro
- Puerta del Sol
- Casa de Campo
European Pickpocket Hotspots #5: Paris
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.
- Eiffel Tower
- Notre-Dame Cathedral
- The Louvre
European Pickpocket Hotspots #6: Florence
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.
- The Ponte Vecchio
- The San Lorenzo Market
- Santa Maria Novella
European Pickpocket Hotspots #7: Amsterdam
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.
- Red Light District
- Dam Square
- Central Station
European Pickpocket Hotspots #8: Athens
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.
- Omonia Square
European Pickpocket Hotspots #9: London
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.
- Oxford Street
- Regent Street
- Piccadilly Circus
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