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Old 02-22-2015, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Finland
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Trained Roma Gypsies in Paris know how to take things from you without any scruples.
The only Gypsies who got my wallet hit me down on the street with force. And it was here in safe Finland.

But anyway, put your wallet in your left pocket of your trousers, and twice a minute put your hand in it to check the wallet's still there. And keep your hand in your pocket every time you pass a suspicious crowd. I can guarantee you nowbody will get your purse.

And where did that "keep a 10 in your sock" strategy go?
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Old 02-22-2015, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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You shouldn't be watching your wallet at all. You should have your valuables in a secure money-belt, strapped under your clothing. Never open it or reach into it in a public place, carry only as much money ready at hand as you will need while you are out.

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Old 02-22-2015, 02:53 PM
 
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You shouldn't be watching your wallet at all. You should have your valuables in a secure money-belt, strapped under your clothing. Never open it or reach into it in a public place, carry only as much money ready at hand as you will need while you are out.
LOL

Talk about paranoia to the extreme.
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Old 02-22-2015, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Finland
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In Asia and Africa, a money belt is a good option. In Europe it's hardly needed.

Of course a GUN is the best option. Have a magnum in your belt and blast the Viet Cong's brains out! Then order some B-52's for an air strike. (Sorry, couldn't help it.)

In Russia again the attacker will rob you and shoot himself, as he's so drunk.
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Old 02-22-2015, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Southern Italy
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While i have never felt threatened when vsiting Rome or Barcelona, i've seen a fair amount of pickpocketers, in Rome the metro is full of them, they're either women or children who use ploys to distract you and rob you, in one of the side streets close to the Coliseum, many wallets who have been emptied by pickpocket can be found
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Old 02-22-2015, 05:40 PM
 
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Barcelona at #1?

Didn't even read the article further, couldn't bear it. I've been many times in that city and I find it extremely safe. Was that some article as a warning to stupid American tourists?
This list is clearly and most defntiely BS, and shows the author has very limited exposure to the "world". According to her, the "world"'s worst cities for pickpocketing, 8/10 are in Europe, 1 in Latin America, 1 in Asia. I call BS. The worst cities in the world for pickpocketing would most definitely be mostly in Latin America, followed by Africa
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Old 02-22-2015, 05:52 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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This list is clearly and most defntiely BS, and shows the author has very limited exposure to the "world". According to her, the "world"'s worst cities for pickpocketing, 8/10 are in Europe, 1 in Latin America, 1 in Asia. I call BS. The worst cities in the world for pickpocketing would most definitely be mostly in Latin America, followed by Africa
I think it's because European countries have far more (western) tourists than Latin America or Africa. So, the actions of pickpockets are much more noticeable in Europe.
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:01 PM
 
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This list is clearly and most defntiely BS, and shows the author has very limited exposure to the "world". According to her, the "world"'s worst cities for pickpocketing, 8/10 are in Europe, 1 in Latin America, 1 in Asia. I call BS. The worst cities in the world for pickpocketing would most definitely be mostly in Latin America, followed by Africa
Somebody is afraid of looking at himself in a mirror !
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:05 PM
 
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Somebody is afraid of looking at himself in a mirror !
I don't get what you're saying.
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Only inexperienced travellers even get identified as tourists. Ok, it's a bit harder like in Thailand, but just act as the locals and the "pickpockets" think you're an expat.

Of course if you have your wallet in your back pocket, you deserve to be robbed. I might rob you just to teach you a lesson.


I can assure you - if you come visit the US, we'll know you're a tourist - no matter where you keep your debit/credit cards.
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