Before you jet off on your summer holidays, have a look at the top cities where you're most likely to be pickpocketed. Keep an eye on those backpacks! Especially in Europe, it seems...
1. Barcelona, Spain
Last year, the city saw a whopping 32 million visitors, many of them day-trippers. Popular areas like Las Ramblas are prime spots for being pickpocketed, as tourists are distracted by the many shops, stalls, cafes, street performers and impressive buildings.
2. Rome, Italy
A trip to Rome isn’t complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, to name a few. But as tourists snap away and admire the fascinating history of the city, many find themselves the target of cunning thieves.
3. Prague, Czech Republic
With its cheap beer prices, Prague has become a hotspot for stag parties over the years. This could explain why so many people are pickpocketed here, caught unawares as they guzzle the local brew and grog.
4. Madrid, Spain
Spain’s capital city is a bustling hubbub and hive of activity – perfect conditions for chancing thieves to target the tourists milling around, especially in areas like the fleamarkets and museums.
5. Paris, France
Another exceptionally busy city, Paris has so much to see and do. Visit the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysees, the Sacre Coeur… it’s easy to get swept away with it all and forget where you’ve put your bag!
6. Florence, Italy
Any lover of Renaissance art or architecture will be mesmerised by the stunning city of Florence. Sadly, some people don’t go there to admire the art, but to take advantage of the visitors.
7. Buenos Aires, Argentina
This Latin American city, the capital of Argentina, is the most visited city in South America. People journey there from all over the world, and it’s a good idea to remember that some people are on the lookout for pockets to pick…
8. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam has a fantastic artistic heritage and a really chilled out, liberal vibe. It’s easy to feel so relaxed here, among all the canals and cyclists, that you forget the risk of being petty crime.
9. Athens, Greece
Another European capital city, Athens is baking hot in the summer months, and a great place to explore! Again, there’s also a relatively high risk of being pickpocketed there. Athens is an amazing city to visit as long as you watch your stuff.
10. Hanoi, Vietnam
With a fascinating history dating back thousands of years, Hanoi is a top place to see in Asia. Sadly, your chances of being pickpocketed here are fairly high. Stay vigilant.