Safety while traveling: where pickpockets are most common in Europe
In European countries, due to the large number of tourists, cases of theft are common. Usually it is the work of pickpockets. Find out more about which countries topped the Quotezone anti-rating by the number of thieves
The leading British insurance company Quotezone conducted a study and compiled a ranking of the countries where pickpockets are most common. Unfortunately, tourists often become victims of such crimes, because travelers often carry a large amount of money and valuables with them and can be ignorant and more gullible.
In which countries should you be more careful and how to protect yourself?
Ranking of countries by the number of pickpocketing crimes
A team of experts studied reviews of the main tourist attractions in European countries and found out in which descriptions tourists most often mention pickpockets.
Italy took the first place in the anti-rating. Travelers mentioned the theft of things in their reviews of the country's iconic sights: in Rome, they are the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon, as well as the Duomo di Milano in Milan and the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence.
France took second place on the list, most of the country's landmarks are under threat, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The Netherlands was in third place, and Germany was in fourth place. Greece rounds out the top five.
It is interesting to note that although Barcelona is quite often called the pickpocketing capital of Europe, Spain only took sixth place in the ranking.
Experts also advise to be vigilant in Portugal, Turkey, Ireland and Poland.
Of course, theft can happen anywhere, but tourist attractions are an ideal place, because tourists are busy sightseeing and not so focused on their own belongings, and the large number of people also helps thieves remain invisible.
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How to protect yourself from pickpocketing while traveling?
• You should not lose vigilance during the trip.
• Especially valuable items such as jewelry, large sums of money, etc. are better left in the hotel safe.
• Carry your money, documents and phone in a secure shoulder or belt bag with zippers when you travel.
• Do not leave personal belongings unattended.
• Purchase insurance that covers losses from pickpocketing.
• Check the theft of which items will be covered by the policy, most often it is documents, for example, a passport, rarely the standard policy covers stolen money and phones.
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