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From Eiffel Tower to Louvre: World’s worst pickpocket hotspots

From Eiffel Tower to Louvre: World's worst pickpocket hotspots
From Eiffel Tower to Louvre: World's worst pickpocket hotspots
Written by Harry Johnson

Becoming a victim petty thieves can instantly turn your dream vacation into a nightmare

Some of the world’s most popular travel destinations unfortunately do have a bad reputation for pickpocketing. And becoming a victim petty thieves can instantly turn a dream vacation into a nightmare.

To help holidaymakers stay alert and safe, industry experts analyzed latest reviews for popular attractions and transport stations around the world, from Las Ramblas to the Trevi Fountain, to reveal the worst places for pickpockets.

So, what global travel destinations are the world’s worst places for pickpockets?

Top 10 worst places for pickpockets in the world:

  1. Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain – Reviews that mention pickpockets – 3,271
  2. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France – Reviews that mention pickpockets – 2,569
  3. Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy – Reviews that mention pickpockets – 2,206
  4. Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic – Reviews that mention pickpockets – 1,081
  5. Sacré-Cœur, Paris, France – Reviews that mention pickpockets – 914
  6. Colosseum, Rome, Italy – Reviews that mention pickpockets – 666
  7. Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic – Reviews that mention pickpockets – 646
  8. Louvre, Paris, France – Reviews that mention pickpockets – 598
  9. Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris, France – Reviews that mention pickpockets – 408
  10. Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain – Reviews that mention pickpockets – 407

The place with the highest number of reviews that mention pickpockets is the famous Las Ramblas pedestrian walkway that runs through Barcelona, with a total of 3,271 pickpocket reviews. Las Ramblas is a very crowded place at the best of times, but especially during the peak tourist season, and this makes it perfect for pickpockets.

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The Eiffel Tower ranks in second place with an overall total of 2,569 reviews. As one of the most popular cultural attractions in the world, it’s little wonder that at least some of the people visiting Paris have had issues with pickpockets. Specifically, keep a close eye on your belongings as you walk up the main street from the metro station to the tower itself.

Rome is a magnificent historic city although it has struggled with pickpockets and one of its most targeted historical landmarks is the Trevi Fountain, known for its majestic beauty, with just over 2,200 pickpocket reviews. There is a famous tradition of throwing coins into the fountain over your left shoulder, with around 3,000 euros being thrown in each day.

Further study insights:

The research also looked at the places with the highest % of pickpocket reviews.

The study looked at the total number of reviews compared to the number of reviews that mention pickpockets to reveal the overall % of pickpocket reviews. 

The Mercado Municipal de Benidorm has the highest percentage of pickpocket reviews at 17.02% followed by Athens Metro in Greece (15.20%), with Colon Street in Cebu City in the Philippines coming in third (11.65%).

About the author

Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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