No matter where travelers might make their destination, there is one common necessity: money. They do not want to lose it, spend it too frequently or have it stolen, but in some European travel destinations, pickpockets make out like bandits, literally. Untrained tourists may be less cautious and unaware of their surroundings as they take in a new landscape and culture. Distraction creates the
perfect opportunity for thieves to steal wallets, purses, cell phones or cash. In Grace Huang’s article Pickpocketed in Europe! How it happened to me, she describes her family’s trip across the continent and how they almost managed to make it home without incident. However, a last stop for shoes in Milan proved to be their downfall.
Trip Advisor named Barcelona, Rome and Prague as their top spots to be robbed. Their article also offered a few helpful tips: never keep anything valuable in a rear pocket, avoid being distracted and above all be cautious with strangers.