Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Cornwall to Edinburgh in 25 days ????
  2. 2 Alhambra night tour tickets question / Seville Alcazar night tour
  3. 3 10 days in eastern Sicily - itinerary help needed
  4. 4 Flying with Air France and Alitalia
  5. 5 14 days in Europe: Paris, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Rome
  6. 6 Touring Wales
  7. 7 Undiscovered Places in Paris
  8. 8 Euro 2016 Football championship
  9. 9 First Time Europe Trip
  10. 10 Honeymoon Plans London+Paris+??April-May
  11. 11 First Zermatt Ski Trip
  12. 12 Slovenia + Croatia HELP!
  13. 13 St Andrews advice
  14. 14 3 nights in Tuscany
  15. 15 Cordoba or Granada?
  16. 16 Tour Recommendations Venice, Florence, Rom
  17. 17 4 or 5 nights Berlin
  18. 18 FIRST TIME VISIT TO SWITZERLAND
  19. 19 Need help with 2.5 days Rome itinerary
  20. 20 train from ams to paris
  21. 21 Backpack with Infant carrier?
  22. 22 Can't we Fodorites be kinder in our responses, especially to new posters?
  23. 23 Poland in September
  24. 24 Trip Report Why I loved Riga (Latvia)
  25. 25 Cheap Paris Boutiques
View next 25 » Back to the top

Tell Me The Truth -- Barcelona Pickpockets/Scams

Jump to last reply

Don't bash me--- this is a real question.

I've traveled alot to Europe in the past, but I haven't gone for a few years. I have been almost pickpocketed (politely) in Rome (smiled and waved them away). Almost pickpocketed (politely) in Paris by gypsies (smiled and waved them away). Friend was almost "gamed" by the Sacre Coeur (she stuck her finger out and a Nigerian placed a string around her finger, it was very strange). So, I get it. I understand how to be careful, etc. I *think* I know what to look for. I used to live in the Tenderloin in SF, for goodness sakes.

However, the more I read about Barcelona, the more I'm finding advice that I may be:

- brutally bumped around, knocked over in order to get pickpocketed (Disboards)
- get stuff dumped on me so that people will pretend to clean it off (Tom's Port Guide)
- young children will pull on me and their accomplices will pickpocket me (Rick Steves)
- I should get lash-guard safe camera straps to avoid being robbed (but what about my neck? how I would lash guard my neck? lol)

Is that all true? How much of the above is just "internet" advice versus real life in Barcelona.

I am going with a group of young and old. We will be targeted, I have absolutely no doubt. But how much of it will be polite pickpocketing/opportunistic stealing (which I'm used to) versus I need to make sure my 65 YO father doesn't get brutally knocked over while he is taking pictures with his DSLR?

Thanks.

102 Replies | Jump to bottom Add a Reply
102 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement