Tourists beware: Europe's pickpocketing destination

When we are ready Summer tripSafety remains important to many travelers. Some of us may be a little rusty after not traveling internationally during the pandemic.

with European destinationsCities such as London, Paris and Rome are trending this summer, according to new research Thousands of travelers have reported being subjected to petty theft while visiting major European destinations in Europe’s pickpocket directory.

The index, from the UK-based insurance comparison website, ranks top European travel destinations in terms of visitor reviews of a country’s top five tourist attractions compared to pocket-book deals. TripadvisorAccording to a news report.

Greg Wilson, founder and CEO of, said in a statement: “Theft can happen anywhere and tourist areas are perfect places for criminals to target[people]with wallets and purses taking the sites.”

“Popular attractions such as Paris’s Eiffel Tower and Rome’s Trevi Fountain are particularly popular with pickpockets because they can move more invisibly through crowds,” he added.

to keep watch European travel scams every tourist should know about.

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Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

Below are the European countries with the most pockets.

  1. Italy

  2. France

  3. Netherlands

  4. Germany

  5. Greece

  6. Spain

  7. Portugal

  8. Turkey

  9. Ireland

  10. Poland

Tips to avoid pickpocketing:

  • Be alert. Just like staying in a hotel, keep your valuables safe. Travel with a secure bag with zippers that stays close to you, such as a cross-body bag or money belt, says Wilson.

  • “Try not to leave personal belongings unattended as travel insurance companies require travelers to take ‘reasonable care’ and may reject claims if items are left alone,” Wilson said. On that note, double check to make sure you know exactly what’s in there.

  • If you experience petty theft, get a police report to support an insurance claim.

Kathleen Wong is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Hawaii. You can reach her at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Which European city has the worst wallet? Also safety tips

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