10. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is one of the most feared cities in the world. This is because there are high chances of being pickpocketed. This is due to the unemployment rate in the region. According to TripAdvisor, if you ever visit this town, take care of your wallet and all other items such as bank cards. You can easily fall a victim of pickpocketing. Pickpockets are found in areas where there are many people especially tourists.
Pickpocket hotspots include train stations, bus stops and other places where there are potential people. Those places include Barrio Gitico, Las Ramblas, Plaza Catalunya among others. Of course, you don’t need to avoid these places. You just need to be on the lookout whenever you’re in these places.
9. Florence, Italy
Florence is a great city and one of the best and most attractive places. Florence is a tourist destination. It is actually one of the best and most admired tourist destinations in Italy. There are many tourists in this region. There is a lot of pickpockets in Florence. These pickpockets work in groups. Sometimes they have babies to confuse visitors and appear less dangerous.
Not every person is a visitor like you, not everyone is looking at the art. Think twice if someone is so friendly to you or causing distractions. Every time you see a big group near a tourist attraction site, avoid that place. They may be potential pickpockets. The places to avoid include Basilica of San Lorenzo, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Maria, Pitti Palace and much more.
8. Paris, France
France is a great country and Paris is the capital city. This city has a lot of tourist attraction sites. This is the reason why pickpockets have flocked to the town as there are many visitors and potential targets. These pickpockets play innocent and you can hardly suspect them. Always be on the lookout whenever you’re in Paris. You can easily get your wallet stolen.
Always avoid areas with huge crowds such as the metro, Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and much more. These are dangerous places where you can lose your wallet in a flash of a second. You cannot avoid Paris as a whole, but you can avoid crowded places or change route in case you spot a suspicious group.
7. Rome, Italy
Rome is a cultural hotspot full of historical landmarks. This city is very attractive and full of tourist attractions. It is one of the most visited cities in the world. This means the city attracts all types of tourists across the globe. The place is a potential site for pickpockets. This is due to the highest number of visitors and potential targets. It is always good to be on the lookout.
Avoid suspicious areas and those areas with the large and idle crowd. Always be on the lookout especially when you’re taking pictures. Sometimes you might concentrate too much on your camera and fail to notice when someone is behind or stealing from you.
6. Prague, Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is one of the best places to visit but you need to be very cautious. There are a lot of pickpockets hotspots. You can easily get your wallet pickpocketed in Prague. This place is very busy and you might not even identify the person who has taken your wallet. It is important to be on the lookout.
If your wallet is stolen, the best thing is not to go chase after the thief. You need to call your bank and request for blocking of your cards. You can then proceed to the nearest police station to seek police help. To avoid all these you need to always be on the lookout and avoid suspicious places. Never allow a stranger to come near you or distract you. They may be looking for the slightest opportunity to distract you.
5. Madrid, Spain
Madrid is the capital city of Spain. It has a lot of attractive places and attracts visitors from around the globe. Whenever you’re in Madrid, it is always good to focus on your wallet and other luggage. There are pickpockets who are looking for that slightest opportunity to take your wallet away. They do not only focus on your wallet but also other precious items such as jewelry.
El Rastro flea market and Metro are among the riskiest places when it comes to pickpockets. Madrid pickpockets hotspots include Plaza Major, Plaza Sol. Public transportation, train stations, Retiro pack and many other places.
4. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina is a city that attracts most people from all parts of the world especially from South America. This is a very beautiful city with great people but there are petty crimes and pickpockets.
Whenever you’re in this city, always be on the lookout. If you see someone wearing a jacket and it is sunny, avoid such a person. He must be a pickpocket. Avoid any person that causes distractions.