Beware of Pickpockets

Top 10 Countries to Have Your Wallet Stolen by Pickpockets

by Roman on October 21, 2009

10. Vietnam, Hanoi

VietnamFor most people Vietnam is known for the Vietnam War that took place over 40 years ago but it is also becoming a more popular tourist attraction by the year. As one of the poorest countries in the world Vietnam and its capital city Hanoi are home to a growing number of pickpockets who are on the watch for your money.
Most tourist attractions in Hanoi are located outside in crowded areas so it is very easy to become an unsuspecting target for a pickpocketing master who has probably pickpocketed thousands of people.

Check out the video below to see just how brave some pickpocketers can be in Vietnam.

Technique used to steal your money in Hanoi:
Brute force. A thief can use a moped or a motorbike to steal your handbag while driving. When in Vietnam or other Asian countries  make sure that your handbag is not too easy to snatch. A good idea is to carry your bag on the side where there is less people and traffic.

9. Greece, Athens

GreeceGreece and its capital Athens are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. In addition to a blooming tourist sector the city is also facing a rapid growth in pickpockets who make a living off of unsuspecting tourists.
It doesn’t matter if you are visiting the Parthenon or the Acropolis – make sure you never lose sight of your bags when you are admiring the countless ancient monuments. Someone who seems just like another tourist can be on the hunt for your wallet.

Technique used to steal your money in Athens:
A number of Gypsy children surround you and shamelessly start robbing your things. This boldness will take you by surprise – in the mean time the children pass your things quickly between each other and run in different directions. Your wallet, mobile phone and camera will most probably all go in different directions. Sometimes the children pass your belongings to older women who hide them beneath their clothes. The police won’t look under a skirt!

8. The Netherlands, Amsterdam

NetherlandsThe night life in Amsterdam, legal marijuana and the red light district with its countless women are all great but only as long as you still have your money to pay for it all!
The pickpocketers in Amsterdam’s red light district take advantage of the “No camera policy”. No one is allowed to take pictures in the infamous area – this means that there are also no surveillance cameras that could help fight the crime.

A graffiti in Amsterdam

pickpockets love tourists

Technique used to steal your money in Amsterdam:
Someone pushes you from behind or from the side making it look like he just wanted to get past you on a busy street.
In reality there is another person on the opposite side who takes advantage of the fact that you are looking the other way to see who pushed you and steals your wallet and belongings.

7. Argentina, Buones Aires

ArgentinaBuenos Aires is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Latin America but it is also a heaven for pickpockets and thieves. Be on the lookout for groups of children following tourists and of course the usual running purse snatchers.

Technique used to steal your money in Buones Aires:
A group of children approach you with a piece of paper or a card with some writing on it. Their leader places the card under your chin to read and while you are focused on the text the other kids go through your belongings.

Below is a video of a pickpocket in action in Argentina

6. Italy, Florence

This renaissance pearl is facing major trouble with pickpockets. As people are losing jobs in the economic downturn more and more are counting on stealing as their primary source of income.

The reason pickpocketing is gathering popularity in Italy is that it is relatively easy to start – if you are beginning your career and get caught, just run away. It is almost certain that no one will follow you – people will be happy that they got to keep their things. After escaping successfully, just try to steal someone else’s wallet – this time you will be a bit smarter and there is a higher chance that you will get away with it!

Pickpocket warning sign in Italy
Pickpocket thief

Technique used to steal your money in Florence:
While you are looking around in the local shops you will focus all your attention towards the goods on sale. A careful pickpocket notices that and gently opens your bag or purse to go through its contents.

5. France, Paris

FranceFrance and Paris with its elegant Eiffel tower are one of the number 1 tourist attractions in the world. People from all over the world flock up to try out the famous French cuisine and meet the friendly locals. As it turns out – some people can be too friendly!

Technique used to steal your money in Paris:
Attractive young men walk around trying to find female tourists in order to give them a red rose as a present. This will make the lady happy and unsuspecting and she will be an easy target for pickpockets who are teaming up with the handsome young man giving away flowers.

If the thieves don’t find something valuable they might ask you money for the flower. Both ways you are in for an unpleasant surprise.

4. Spain, Madrid

SpainSpain is another European tourist destination that is overpopulated with tourists. In addition to Barcelona holding the top position in our list, the capital Madrid is flooded with pickpockets.

When on your way to a bull fight you better look out – what seems like an ordinary crowd can be a crowd full of people hungry for your wallet!

Technique used to steal your money in Madrid:
Someone with a camera approaches you and asks to take a photo of them. You will drop your bag for a minute in order to take the picture – at the same time someone from behind snatches your bag and runs away

3. Czech Republic, Prague

Czech RepublicCzech Republic – the home of cheap beer and all night partying! The capital Prague is known for its popularity among British lads who wish to enjoy the weekend but it is no place to be when you are too drunk and have lost all your friends.

In 2005 the city of Prague ran an ad campaign to notify tourists of pickpockets. Here is what 1 ad looked like:
keep an eye out for pickpockets
Here is what a victim had to say about how he lost his money in Prague:

I had just paid at McDonald’s and put my bulging wallet back in my left inside jacket pocket. I picked up the tray and was holding it, when I got distracted. Some teenagers with brightly coloured hair were ordering various ‘Happy meals’ and discussing the merits of the plastic toys that came with them. Maybe it was an orchestrated distraction, but it must have been the time that my wallet disappeared.
My wallet contained my passport, driving licence, credit cards, a wad of cash etc.
It was very unpleasant.

Technique used to steal your money in Prague:
A young women makes eye contact with you on the street. This temporarily gets your attention while you are being robbed by the beautiful girl’s accomplice.

2. Italy, Rome

ItalyPickpockets are an increasing problem in Italy. In addition to Florence (number 6 in our list), Rome is the countries busiest tourist center. But that is not all it is – it is also a heaven for pickpockets. The pickpocketing problem in Rome is so big that it is mentioned in almost all materials intended for tourists. The thieves however are almost never local – they are poor immigrants looking for a way to make a living.

The pickpocketing problem is especially big in public transport. The inner city bus number 64 is known as “the wallet express” – it is the best way to get rid of your money.

Below is a video of pickpockets in action in Italy:

Technique used to steal your money in Rome:
A young gypsy girl or a woman near you will appear to trip and accidentally drop her baby – it almost seems that she throws the baby into your arms.
You reach to save it from falling and in the process drop whatever is currently in your hands. The accomplices quickly pick up whatever you dropped, go through your things and leave.
You will of course realize that instead of a baby you are holding a doll.

1. Spain, Barcelona

SpainBarcelona is the number 1 tourist attraction in Spain! In addition to a number of sights it also has a dozen or so pickpockets for every attraction. If pickpocketing would be on the Olympics, Barcelona would be the definite gold medalist!

When you disregard pickpocketing, Barcelona is a relatively safe place to be. Spanish people are not very fond of drinking, they much more prefer smoking pot – and that makes people sleepy and friendly.

When walking on the famous pedestrian street La Rambla be sure to wear your backpacks in your front. Pickpockets work in teams – 1 person distracts you and another one opens your bag or goes through your pockets. They don’t hesitate to use scissors or a razor to cut their way in!

Technique used to steal your money in Barcelona:
A friendly local notices that your clothes are dirty and offers to provide you with a napkin so that you can clean yourself.
What really happens is that the local himself or his partner in crime has secretly spilled something on you to get your attention. After accepting the napkin and starting to clean yourself your mind is occupied and it becomes easy to go through your bag or your pockets.

What Google Thinks

Below is a screenshot of the places that Google thinks have the most pickpockets! Here is what people usually search for:

Google and Pickpockets

It looks that our list is dead on – 8 out of 10 places searched in Google are all somewhat featured in our list. As you can see – pickpocketing tends to be a larger problem in Europe than in anywhere else!

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{ 41 comments }

Partha Gupta October 21, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Hi

I am a regular reader of your blog. You give beautiful tips. This compilation is just excellent.
Thanks
Partha

Roman October 22, 2009 at 2:11 am

Thank you Partha!
I can’t stress enough how much I appreciate your feedback!
Seeing that people like what I do is what keeps me going!

EddiePB October 25, 2009 at 1:22 pm

This is a really cool website and was fun to read. Keep up the good work. You are in my bookmarks. Will check back to see what crazy stuff you have found.

rahul porwal November 3, 2009 at 2:28 pm

hi
i m rahul . i read this some picpocket theory & wondered that how the s r ready to do this in such type of country.it is good for me to attention one for the picpocket so that we can save ur pocket.
thank you

Roman November 3, 2009 at 4:09 pm

What do you mean?

John December 1, 2009 at 8:37 am

i like all your blogs but you need to check out Lagos Nigeria , i expect them to be number 1 on the list please work on that

Sander February 27, 2010 at 1:34 pm

then americans ask why europeans are so racist

shitty immigrants still our money all the time

killagigi May 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

ha ha true , i went to Barcelnoa with 40 friends nearly everyone go something stolen from them! I was lucky had nothing worth stealing!

God loves you May 17, 2010 at 12:40 am

Hi
I am a first time reader of this website & I like it very much. I was expecting India to be on the top rank of this list … :D could you please recheck it. if not top it can be on the 4th or 5th position at least .. ( I am an Indian ).

Raiz November 17, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Hey,
Non-sense! If cat closes it’s eyes, it thinks the whole world turns dark! You have only experience in India! Look at rest of the world before commenting on the integrity of our country!

Hanane May 19, 2010 at 8:53 am

hi this was my first time as a reader too and i really loved it , keep up the good work friend ;)

hippi June 23, 2010 at 3:22 am

why India is not listed ?

saravanan January 31, 2012 at 12:59 am

indian peoples are genuine while comparing with other country peoples

Rosh July 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Hi,

Your blogs are great and the tips etc are fantastic as well.

Keep it up :)

benet hernandez de gispert August 14, 2010 at 10:25 am

im from barcelona and i feel upset with this information, but i would say: “when in rome do as the romans do”; what do i mean with this? i mean that when you go to a new place as a tourist, try not to be seen as a tourist; for example, by the way of dressin’, cause if not the pickpocketters see you first of all. On the other hand try too act as similar as possible as an autocton or native person.

indonesiaraya August 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

lol..i though my country is on the list.but thanks god it isnt.

but pickpocket i bet it is everywhere..

Land of the free, NoGuff ! October 14, 2010 at 8:28 pm

You forgot New York City. People always get mugged in NYC because of all the latinos and african americans. Damn democrats and their liberal gay lovers are giving this country to the robbers. Now we even have a communist african president!

Cj October 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Shut tp you racist pig! It’s people like you that make the rest of the world think americans are pigs. I hope you like hell cuz you’re meeting Hitler there when you die.

benet hernandez de gispert November 18, 2010 at 8:43 am

Sometimes seems to be like republicans envy Hitler, yes or not?

joan November 23, 2010 at 6:15 am

India aboustly should be first

Dharma February 18, 2011 at 4:25 am

Look at your face in the mirror. Certainly, you are not a pickpocket!

MAEXX November 26, 2010 at 6:09 am

im a SOUTH AFRICAN, i was hopin ma country will be in the most happiest countries coz its a lovely country n the folks are just amazin….wel tanx 4 da list, it wuz fun 2 read.

Phani December 7, 2010 at 2:16 am

Pakistan is not on List!!Pakistan is not on List!!!!!Pakistan is not on List!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

muliadi July 18, 2012 at 1:05 am

yes, Pakistan is good country. I met a pakistan in amsterdam. he is so nice. and good. we talk.

Andres January 4, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Yeah but the people who pickpocket are mostly gypsies, they’re a big problem here in Europe…

merpin January 27, 2011 at 6:30 am

I guess in europe it’s romania to be the worst in pickpocket? XD

bharat February 8, 2011 at 11:20 pm

India should be number 1 country

Dharma February 18, 2011 at 4:21 am

Why are you so shameful of our country!! India is a much better country than most. Just because some of the Urban areas are flocked with people who lack values doesn’t make our entire country bad. People like you bring down the overall confidence level.

ASHIBIRA March 22, 2011 at 6:16 am

Okay.YOU GUYZ UA WORK IS GREAT.BUT YOU FORGOT TO INCLUDE KENYA ESPECIALLY MUTHURWA MARKET

Habint April 25, 2011 at 8:01 am

I guess african countries are not included because they don’t usually pickpocket tourist they keep it “in-house”. They are usually very reluctant to dupe foreigners. If not of that i was expecting to see atleast to african countries on that list

chinonso May 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Aba in Abia state of nigeria surpose to be number one of pickpocket area. . .in the world today. . . They make use of charm. . .

ejike May 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

you guys should all calm down.if ur country is among the list dont be angry because environmental analysis has been put to place by this website befor they publish this information.this information is based on fact of finding. The rigt thing to do is to ask ur self do i pickpocket.we can change our world if we individual determine to live right…… Ejike frm Nigeria

usha dangol May 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm

hey! it was fun to read this. spain being such a rich country is in the no.1 list. it’s a shame for the spanish police who couldn’t control them but anyway i m happy to know that there isn’t my country.

Persia September 5, 2011 at 6:25 am

Some1 should tell the spaniard that a dept for ww2 is overdue & should be paid..

Ajay December 9, 2011 at 7:48 am

you give such a nice information about anything
so thanks for raising our knowledge
please give me your any email id by which we can chat directly
please…………………………………….

shame on spain December 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm

shame on spain!

Micael January 7, 2012 at 11:45 pm

My fav pakistan!!! Be in row of any ticket counter and see the magic!!!

Alex January 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

You shouldn’t just stereotype asian countries fucking retard..

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Muslim migadde April 22, 2012 at 5:02 am

Hi thanks alot 4 such information. But plz talk about Tanzania and zambia coz i expected them 2 be on the list. Man i waz robbed their in Darsalamu again in lusaka.thanx

muliadi July 18, 2012 at 12:55 am

My Suggestions to solve pickpockets problems:
1. All people in European country, when entering other country, should pass immigration check for the passport. It is not good people from Rumania, Serbia, Slovakia can enter france easily without immigration check. To make them quick, there is a machine for check-in special for European union passports in every airport or train station.
2. Give difficulties to pickpockets. Even they are teenagers, when they get caught, lock them for 2 weeks and send them back to their country, and can not return for 5 years. I do not mind if my son is a pickpocket and be treated like that.
3. Yes we have to protect ourself at all time, but pickpockets have to protect themselves at all time also. How? If they get cough stealing, people around him can beat him up freely.
4. All tenagers who ask for petitions or donations to tourist, catch them and , lock them for 2 weeks and send them back to their country, and can not return for 5 years. I do not mind if my son is a pickpocket and be treated like that.
5. Always put empty wallet on your back pockets. Attached with tire or cable. Let the pickpockets focus on that and try to steal that. If they fail, catch them and send them to police station. But first, beat them up so they can not run.

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