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Hello!..

What are the best ways to avoid pickpockets and theft in Italy? Shalli buy special bags or just a backpack would be fine?

Any advice would be appreciated.. I have seen some crazy vids on youtube with pickpockets just happening like every 2 mins or so...quite shocking i say..

Thanks for your tips..

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    This was a recent topic....do a few searches on the forum to see if you locate the threads, as good info is there.

    I wouldn't use a backpack, but if you do hold it in front of you. Don't put all of your money in one place and don't allow people to see you removing your money/wallet, if possible, when you buy things....pickpockets often observe you, see where the $ is and follow you to take it.

    If you have zippered compartments of bags, it has been recommended to use safety pins on the closures. That will make it more difficult to get open quickly. Certainly, a money belt that is worn under clothes could be very useful.

    Be aware of crowds on trains and in tourist areas. Don't let those around you distract you, which is a common practice...you're distracted and then the pick your pocket. Try to always know where you are going or pretend you do. Don't have your head buried in a map while walking or on public transportation.

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    There are lots of posts about securing your money and cards while traveling. It would help to know if you're a man or a woman.

    - Pay attention to your instinct. The one time I was almost pick pocketed was when I paid no attention to my discomfort. If someone is standing too close to you when there is no need to do so, you're about to be a target.

    - If someone comes up to you asking for directions pretend you don't understand English and keep walking (this often happens in busy areas).

    - Do not carry any valuables/money in your pack.

    - If you're a woman use a cross-body purse.

    - Watch out for crowded areas and particularly watch for children who are not at eye level and can sometimes be ignored.

    - Be careful of anyone with a newspaper or jacket draped over their arm.

    - Never put anything down on a table or store counter.

    - Don't walk around with your nose in your smart phone. And never leave your phone on a table or in a jacket pocket.

    - Only carry money for the day's expenses. Leave the rest in your hotel room. Only carry one credit card.

    - Pay attention to what you're doing!! And look like you know what you're doing.

    - The map thing, for sure. Lean up against a wall when reading the map.

    - If you're accosted (particularly in front of Termini) don't be afraid to yell at them, and include telling them you'll call the police if they don't leave you alone. Look angry!

    - Don't open your purse or pack in front of strangers.

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