Europe's pickpocketing hotspots revealed

  • Areas in tourist hotspots that require a little more vigilance have been revealed in a new infographic
  • Rome, Amsterdam and Athens are all in the guide, which picks out the spots within the cities popular with thieves
  • In Barcelona, the guide says, pickpocketing is seen as 'a generally practised and accepted sport, like soccer' 

Holidaymakers exploring attractions such as the Old Town Square in Prague or Eiffel Tower in Paris are usually too busy exploring to keep a constant eye out for prying hands.

But a new infographic has pinpointed the areas that require extra vigilance.

The guide, which was created by UK-based accommodation website City Base Apartments, illustrates where in Europe travellers are most likely to be made a victim of pickpocketing. 

The first of nine cities on the infographic is Barcelona. Visited by more than 7.5million holidaymakers a year the guide states that Spanish locals in the destination see pickpocketing as 'a generally practised and accepted sport' as it happens so often. Las Ramblas, Plaza Catalunya, Barrio Gotico and Carrer Montcada were highlighted as pickpocketing hotspots in the city.

Rome, Madrid, Amsterdam and Athens are also in the hall of shame, which names famous attractions and landmarks including the Red Light District, Omonia Square and the Notre-Dame Cathedral as favourites for thieves.

From The Ponte Vecchio in Florence to Oxford Street in London, here the infographic illustrates the city break destinations that are said to be the hotspots for five-finger discounts in the continent. 

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Rome, Madrid, Amsterdam and Athens were all also illustrated in the guide, which names famous attractions and landmarks including the Red Light District, Omonia Square and the Notre-Dame Cathedral as favourites for thieves

Rome, Madrid, Amsterdam and Athens were all also illustrated in the guide, which names famous attractions and landmarks including the Red Light District, Omonia Square and the Notre-Dame Cathedral as favourites for thieves

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR 

The bottleneck

Most pickpockets work in teams. Be wary when in crowded areas, keep your passport close and keep it safe.

The cover-up

Some pickpockets play the role of the lost tourist, extending a map in front of them. They then approach an unsuspecting tourist, and with the map providing a shield, delve into a bag and steal from the tourist.

The distraction

One of the group of pickpockets distracts the victim, while another leans in to steal possessions. Common rouse's can be asking for directions or asking if they have lost something.

The hugger mugger

A thief will act the drunken fool outside the pub, hugging people in a clever ploy. Then a quick dip into the trouser pocket and the unsuspecting tourist is passport-less. Key tip: don't put your passport in the back pocket. 

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