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Are crimes against tourists more likely to occur in Madrid than other European capital cities?

Are crimes against tourists more likely to occur in Madrid than other European capital cities?

Aug 8th, 2008, 05:31 PM
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Spanish cities have a problem with large amounts of petty crime - against locals as well as against tourists.

The way to avoid it is to always be aware of what's going on around you and keeping control over all of your belongings at all times.

And yes, backpacks are a bad idea - anywhere - since they're behind you and you have no idea if someone is slitting it open.

For whatever you need to carry use a smaller bag that you wear across your chest - so you can see it - and don;t get squashed in with others - or that won;t be completely safe either.
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Aug 8th, 2008, 05:52 PM
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"I've heard much worse stories from people who visited Rome, Italy."

On the visit to Rome ( in May) we had been constantly told by friends ( who live there )to be careful on buses and trains.
The were very sad to witness such increase in crime in their beloved city.

Rightly or wrongly, they blamed the influx of immigrants ( legal and illegal) for the situation.
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Aug 8th, 2008, 05:59 PM
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have travelled quite a bit in Europe and US and have had apartment burgled in Rome, attempted bag snatches twice on bus and trains in Rome but screamed out in Italian and the girl ran off, have seen pick pockets at work in Melbourne where I live so it's a matter of being aware, careful, fitting in and not looking like a tourist. It can happen anywhere and I'm sure you can get examples of this behaviour anywhere sometimes with racists labels which do not serve any purpose.
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