Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Recent Spam Attacks
    by mkataoka Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 28, 16 at 01:31 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 12 Day Central Europe Itinerary
  2. 2 Scotland-Looking for itinerary advice for 9 day trip
  3. 3 Spain in July
  4. 4 Venice, Florence - too many museums.
  5. 5 Trip Report We're here!
  6. 6 Urgent- Pleaseee HELP - Spain, Italy or France for Xmass and New years
  7. 7 Where to enjoy Paris
  8. 8 Scandinavia - By land or by sea?
  9. 9 Suggestions of Paris things to do Christmas and New Years?
  10. 10 10 days in Paris and......
  11. 11 Prague Christmas Markets and Christmas mass
  12. 12 Last minute (next week) London GTG?
  13. 13 Athens
  14. 14 Need Info - Vienna, Prague, Venice, Geneva, Paris,
  15. 15 Edinburgh Tattoo-2017-Tickets
  16. 16 Itinerary check for Sicily, please!!
  17. 17 Please critique my itinerary in Italy
  18. 18 4 Days in Amalfi in April - Without a car??
  19. 19 Trip Report Lisbon-mini trip report
  20. 20 Hello -Please- Excuse Me- Good-Bye - Thank You ???
  21. 21 Article on assistance for US citizens with difficulties abroad
  22. 22 Bridging the gap between US and Europe
  23. 23 Budapest & Prague
  24. 24 Traveling Greece without reservations
  25. 25 Destination from London by train, advice please
View next 25 » Back to the top

Pickpocketing prevention tip

Jump to last reply

Lots of people visiting Europe are extremely worried about pickpocketing as though it did not exist in their own country. Well, it exists just about everywhere but at home you are not nearly as distracted by things as when you are a tourist.

One effective prevention method is the "Velcro solution" but frankly who wants to put Velcro on every pocket flap or bag or backpack?

I have found another method extremely effective: the plastic bag. They come in all sizes and thickness so they can be adapted to just about every situation. If you stuff a small plastic bag on top of anything in your "interesting" pockets, it will confuse and thwart just about anybody with an agile hand. If you flatten a plastic bag over the contents under the zip opening of a backpack or handbag, it will prevent the items underneath from being snatched.

Plastic bags are becoming rare in many places for ecological reasons, but a wad of paper or a couple of sheets of newspaper are equally efficient.

I will not claim that this is 100% effective because your personal vigilance is required as well, but these methods will certainly help you to protect your stuff without the purchase of super duper expensive bags or special anti-theft travel apparel.

72 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement