Where In Europe Are You Most Likely To Be A Victim Of Pickpocketing? [Infographic]
Going on holiday should be an enjoyable and relaxing experience, however thousands of European holidaymakers each year become a victim of pickpocketing. From petty thieves to organised gangs, pickpocketing is, unfortunately, a big deal in Europe. Luckily, however, Citybase Apartments have put together an infographic which looks at, in depth, Europe’s pickpocketing hotspots, highlighting in particular the areas in each city to be extra vigilant when visiting.
When visiting Barcelona, extra care must be taken in Las Ramblas, Plaza Catalunya, Barrio Gotico and Carrer Montcada to avoid pickpocketing which, unbelievably, is seen by a sport by many thieves who target the 7.5million tourists who arrive each year.
In Rome, be vigilant specifically when visiting Termini, The Via dei Fori Imperiali, Piazza di Spagna and Trionfale, noting that these particularly crowded tourist locations provide an easy smoke-screen for those looking to steal cameras, wallets and mobile phones.
For those visiting Prague, it must be noted that gangs of ‘professional’ pickpockets aren’t uncommon, despite the city’s surge in popularity in recent years, with particular hotspots being the Old Town Square, the Charles bridge and Karlova street.
On the other hand, when in Madrid, the second Spanish city to make this list, take extra care of your belongings when at El Rastro, on the Metro, in Puerta del Sol and Casa de Campo, with pickpockets often working in groups of two or more and using distraction techniques on their unsuspecting victims.
Paris, on the other hand, is, perhaps unsurprisingly, another of the pickpocket hotspots of Europe with the areas most commonly targeted including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Champs-Elysees and The Louvre.
Florence see’s pickpockets commonly operating around The Ponte Vecchio, the San Lorenzo Market and Santa Maria Novella, Amsterdam’s hotspots include the Red Light District, Dam Square and Central Station and Athens’ most commonly targeted tourist destinations include Omonia Square, Metaxourgio, Monastiraki and Syntagma.
Lastly, our very own London sits on the list, with the areas to take extra precaution in being Oxford Street, Camden Town, Regent Street, Soho and Piccadilly Circus.
At the end of the day, it’s always a wise idea to keep valuables such as phones, wallets and cameras hidden from the view of passers-by and, if you absolutely must use in public, be sure to keep a tight hold. Never allow yourself to fall victim of distraction techniques and when walking around, keep belongings on your body or in a tight pocket on your front rather than in a rucksack or loose pocket.