I´ve often heard the phrase ¨pickpockets in Barcelona are even more famous than the Sagrada Familia¨. Unfortunately for locals and visitors alike, it´s true (funnily enough, lots of it happens right outside the famous cathedral).
There are many tricks that the pickpockets use and it has to be admitted that they are quite good at the dodgy trade that they have chosen to pursue. Even still, a little common sense and you can keep that upgraded iPhone you just purchased or the hundreds of Euros you have withdrawn in bulk to save on bank fees!
The easiest thing to do is simply leave any valuables at your hotel or hostel- often they have a safe at reception for use free of charge. Failing that, hide your things and fasten all zippers and buttons. This seems obvious but is often the difference between noticing meddling hands and not. Personally, if I have any note larger than a 20 I keep it in my bra. Obviously this isn´t for everyone but socks come in handy too!

Don´t use ATM’s which are located down dark alleyways, there are enough of them in the well lit, open areas.
If someone comes up to you asking you to sign a petition, keep distance and an eye on their hands. A good rule to stick to is that if anyone is touching you at all there is a good chance that they are secretly rifling through your pockets.
In places such as Raval and La Rambla, often the ¨ladies of the night¨ will prey on drunk men and give them an encouraging pat or rub, emptying your pockets whilst they do so. Other pickpocketing hotspots are all of the regular tourist haunts and on the metro. If carrying a backpack it´s a good idea to have it on the front of your body instead of your back.
Good luck amigos!

Becky Robinson
Hola! My name is Becky. I´m yet another Australian expat who fell for the beautiful mistress we like to call Barcelona and stayed far, far longer than once intended. I throw myself into the cities events, bars, clubs, shops etc, with reckless abandon to bring you these reviews. It´s all for you! ...Or is it just an excuse to party and spend lots of money without feeling guilty?... Either way, read up on some of my favorite ways to see this exciting and eclectic city. Happy travels and welcome to BCN!

Comments

comments