I’m going to throw this question out there for comment and hope for some solid responses. I’m back in Europe again and this time Central Europe. I think we all know that it’s going into the high season for toursits, but it’s also high season for the pick pockets that prey on tourists. I raise this question for a couple of reasons? My partner takes Thai tourists to many places around the world, but most recently both Western and Eastern Europe. On the two last tours one to Switzerland and currently Germany and the Czech Republic and his groups have been victims of pick pockets. One guy lost 3,000 Euro’s and his passport, 2 others passports, and 3 more lost a combined 5,000 Euro’s. First question is why are they carrying that kind of money and why are they carrying their passport. This is not the first time this has happened.
I was in Lisbon in March on the infamous #15 tourist tram and I smelled a rat. 3 guys crowded around me and pushed me trying to get me to take my hands out of my pockets. I try to know better and not remove my hands, one guy got my knee in his nether regions and the other got his head elbowed for which I smiled and told them to ************** or they would be on the way out the open tram door! I’m a big guy and take no crap, but if I were a woman or unattentive guy, they would have had a field day unless it were a savey traveler who is aware
How do you protect yourself from pick-pockets? Do you carry your passport with you at all times? Do you use a money belt? Have you been a victim of pick pockets? Are you a proactive traveler who is on the defensive or passive and a potential victim?