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Have You Ever Been Robbed in Europe?

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I'd like to ask Fodorites if they have ever been pickpocketed, had baggage stolen, been scammed in any way, etc. This can be a teaching tool for the not so uncommon Q from newbie travelers about this in Europe.

ME- in decades of travel never lost anything to a street thief or otherwise. Came close once in Amsterdam long time ago when a drug addict type thrust his hands into my from pocket (was wearing a money belt under my clothing as always). Amsterdam was rife with such things then but now seems to have cleaned up its act with this.

I did witness the theft of a bag on a train or well saw the aftermath of it - was sleeping in a regular car long ago when night trains all had them and someone from another compartment yells out - 'they got my bag' and suddenly a guy in my compartment opened the window and rapelled out of the train as it was slowing down approaching a station. Night trains in regular seats are dicey as I have heard many second-hand stories of thefts there.

And one friend recently got robbed of his I phone in a Paris McDonalds by the old diversion technique with two very young girls who thrust a hand-written letter in his face while the other one stole the phone.

Well also a relative was mugged long ago in Madrid.

But besides that nada a problem in decades of travel - mainly because I was cognizant of the problem and took precautions - the best way to protect yourself. Europe is super safe or should be with a little precaution and knowing there could be a problem- like in any major city in the world. (The last two times I've driven into and parked in Manhattan, right in the heart of things I came back two windows had been busted out and worthless stuff missing!)

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ROBBED OR ATTEMPTED TO BE ROBBED IN EUROPE AND IF SO HOW OR KNOW OF OTHERS...?

What advice as a seasoned traveler (if so) would you give to others? Again reports of never or rarely being victimized are as important as being so.

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