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This Is the Most Pickpocketed City in the World

Reader's Digest logo Reader's Digest 8/15/2018 Bridget McCusker
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Nothing can ruin your picturesque experience in a beautiful city you’ve never been to like the sudden realization that you’ve been pickpocketed. Even if you’re an experienced traveler, pickpockets in some cities can target and rob you with elaborate setups and unprecedented skill. These are the secrets pickpockets don’t want you to know— they might just save your wallet one day.

TripAdvisor compiled a list of the cities where you should be on the highest alert for pickpockets, based on information from editors and travelers. The city that took the number one spot was Barcelona, a tourist hotspot full of crowded streets, landmarks, and sightseeing opportunities (in other words, a pickpocket’s dream!). Spain had one more city on the list, too; Madrid took the fourth spot. It was the only country besides Italy to have two locations on the list. The remaining cities in the top five were Rome, Prague, and Paris. Interestingly, European cities made up eight of the top ten. The only non-European pickpocket hotspots were Buenos Aires, Argentina and Hanoi, Vietnam. Many of the cities ranked were noted to have busy, outdoor attractions among their most popular sites, where tourists are very vulnerable to thieves. Check out the complete list from TripAdvisor.

The list serves as a good reminder that travelers should always be on their guard in places both familiar and unfamiliar, to avoid detrimental problems like these. Make sure you know the signs that you’re about to be pickpocketed before it happens. 

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