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Athens - beware of pickpockets!

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DH and I are just back from a terrific trip to Greece (report to follow - honestly!) but I thought I'd post this as a bit of a heads-up for anyone planning on visiting Athens this Summer. We found that pickpocketing is absolutely rife on the metro - we witnessed three incidents ourselves (none successful), DH was targeted twice (stupid because he's a hefty 6' and not a pushover), and on our plane home we spoke with an elderly gentleman who had his wallet stolen on his first day.

Be especially vigilant at Piraeus, and at Monastraki, Thissio, Omonia and Syntagma stations. They are all young men, dressed casually like students or tourists and operate in groups. One will try to block your way as you are boarding the train, by pushing against you as if the train is more crowded than it actually is. They go past, you look down and presto! Your bag is open and your money is gone.

If you keep your wits about you then you'll come to no harm, but be aware of your surroundings and keep your hand over your bag to protect your valuables.

Athens is a safe and pleasant city, and we all know that theft like this can happen anywhere, but an incident like this could ruin your holiday so stay vigilant, especially on the metro.

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