TRAVELING to cities you have never visited in various parts of the world can be one of the most enjoyable experiences. Travelers can learn about other cultures, eat local food, and see iconic landmarks in person. However, traveling abroad can also be a stressful experience. Not only is the cost expensive, but there are also risks that may arise, for example becoming a victim of pickpockets.

Several world tourist destination cities are known as pickpocket nests. They have various techniques so that tourists don’t realize that their wallet or cellphone has disappeared. So, pay close attention to your bags and wallets when queuing to enter a tourist attraction or when you are busy photographing beautiful views.

Following are several world tourist destination cities that have lots of pickpockets according to the page:

1. Athens, Greece
The Parthenon attracts record numbers of visitors. This crowd has become a target for pickpockets. But apart from the Parthenon, other places in Athens are also prone to pickpocketing. So, always pay attention to your belongings, whether on public transportation or at tourist attractions.

2. Florence, Italy
Florence is famous for its many art galleries and architectural monuments, but tourists prefer to flock to the city squares. This creates the perfect location for pickpockets, who gleefully snatch mobile phones right out of tourists’ hands. Pickpockets in Florence also commonly dress like tourists, making it even more difficult for visitors to identify them. When tourists’ attention is focused on city landmarks, they spring into action.

3. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is one of the most populous cities in South America, with a population of almost 3 million. This density is suitable for pickpockets who want to take valuable items. Beware of people who bump or spill something on potential victims. This may just be a distraction tactic, giving them enough time to make off with their wallet or phone.

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam residents, in general, are friendly people who are willing to help if you need to ask for directions. This city is also known to be safe and crime-free. But if you are suddenly approached by someone who is too attentive even though you haven’t asked for anything, you should be alert. Usually pickpockets strike when lots of people come out at night to visit the Red Light District.

5. Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi’s open-air markets and narrow streets are filled with pedestrians, bicycles and motorbikes. Beware of bumping and pushing, and don’t be conspicuous with valuables. Pickpocketing has become so bad in Hanoi and Vietnam in general that tourist guides are starting to study pickpocket tactics in order to identify the perpetrators in the hope of reducing crime in the city’s main hotspots. Indirectly, they are also involved in eradicating crimes against tourists.

6. Rome, Italy
Almost every location in Rome is one of the best photo spots in the world, but don’t leave valuables unattended when taking photos. If you want to ask someone else to take a photo, choose that person carefully. Don’t let the camera you hand over not be returned. Areas prone to pickpockets in Rome include the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and other famous places around the city.

7. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is famous for its beautiful bridges but be careful when visiting there. Charles Bridge or the old Prague Castle are often pickpocketed. One tactic often used by pickpockets is when tourists try to exchange currency at street stalls. It’s best to avoid exchanging money in that place, choose a bank or money exchange place that has a physical building.

8. Madrid, Spain
El Rastro, a large flea market in Madrid, Spain, offers many interesting items, but unfortunately there are lots of pickpockets. Sometimes pickpocketing involves children who are assigned to divert attention. Other danger zones for pickpocketing in Madrid include Puerta del Sol, Palacio Real and Sabatini Park.

9. Paris, France
The area around the Eiffel Tower and a number of museums in Paris has become a hotbed of pickpocket activity. Tourists usually carry cash, especially international visitors, which attracts pickpockets. Pickpocketing also often occurs in transportation facilities. So, if you’re taking a train or metro, stand in the middle of the carriage, away from the doors. Pickpockets often snatch items before the door is closed and their victims are unsuspecting. Stay aware of your surroundings, even in the hustle and bustle of the metro.

10. Barcelona, Spain
Not only Madrid, Barcelona in Spain is also known as a nest for pickpockets. One of the most popular cities in Europe is attractive for its warm weather. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean sunshine. However, this also attracts pickpockets who prey on unaware tourists. [sources/photo special]