How do you protect your valuables on a city break? You simply don’t tuck anything into your trousers’ back pockets, right? Wrong. Robbers in big tourist cities will resort to the most creative means imaginable to catch you off-guard. But the days of stolen wallets are behind you – before your next holiday in a big metropolis, be sure to check out this useful diagram, which was commissioned by Buzzarm.
How to Distinguish Pickpockets
What’s particularly fascinating about pickpockets is that they look different in every city. If you’re travelling to London, for example, watch out for groups posing as families or businessmen, whereas in Rome robbers often pretend to be tourists. In other cities, such as Madrid, Amsterdam, Florence, and Barcelona, casually-dressed children and teenagers will snatch your valuables while you’re distracted by street entertainment, gypsies or make-believe tourists.
How Pickpockets Distract You
Let’s talk about the sneaky techniques that thieves know like the backs of their hands. Oftentimes, they’ll pretend to be tourists who want a photo taken or need directions. In Prague, they’ll even dress up as prostitutes and grope men who pass by. They may even spill food or drinks on you so that they can pretend to clean up the mess while they stealthily reach into your pocket or purse.
Where to Be Careful
Unfortunately, you’ll have to be cautious in a large variety of public places. Whether it’s Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Barcelona’s rail station and metros, Prague’s Town Square, or Lisbon’s trams, always clutch your bags tightly and be aware of your surroundings – don’t let the beauty of these historic cities overwhelm you!
Learn to recognise pickpockets, know their moves, and identify their favourite areas. By following these simple but integral steps before your next city holiday, you’ll maximise your chances of keeping your beloved wallet. Always stay alert… but don’t forget to have fun!