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Barcelona pickpockets - crackdown?

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My daughter and I were just in Barcelona where several years ago we were victims on the metro of some very professional pickpockets. A day after our incident we returned to the metro and spent some time sitting and watching these lovely people at work - it was pretty easy to observe their methods and it did not take long for them to appear in the station. After our visit I had read often on these boards of travelers having many problems in the metro with pickpocketing. So on our recent visit we were interested to see if they were still at work. We went into one of the big stations, Catalunya, and sat down to watch. It took a bit but we did see a group that seemed to be getting ready to go to work but then into the tube came a policeman with a very large dog and another man with some swat type gear. The group we had been watching promptly hopped on a train and rode away. So maybe, just maybe, Barcelona is tired of being one of the best known pickpocket cities in the world and has gotten serious about identifying and discouraging these theives. Has anyone on the board had any recent problems or observations?

Oh but on our very first day in Lisbon, we were targeted by a group of ladies who tried to go "fishing" in our backpack. Maybe they recently moved to Lisbon from Barcelona!

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