Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tourist Crime

Statistics show 7-10% of all visitors to Spain will be accosted by a street criminal and about one-third of these attacks will be successful.

After Barcelona Paris is a top spot for pickpockets followed by Rome. In Paris, the Louvre is a popular pickpocket spot and in Rome it's more likely to happen in places like the Sistine Chapel when you're looking up at the ceiling and at the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain. I have never been a victim of pickpocket theft yet (knock on wood). But while in Venice our tour guide did point out a few teams working together at the Bridge of Sighs.

The U.S. Embassy takes this crime seriously enough to have published a tips guide: Pickpockets in Paris: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim. Best advice I could give you - be aware of your surroundings and if you're a girl always have a hand on your purse and even your wrap your wrist around the handles if you can.

Other European Cities:

In South America:
 Rio de Janeiro
 Lima, Peru

United States:
 Mardi Gras, New Orleans
 Las Vegas

Read the full article here

Have you been a victim of tourist crime? 

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