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10 Tips to beat the Pickpockets in Barcelona

Pickpockets-love-tourists(By Claire Sturzaker) Violent crime in Barcelona is virtually non-existent.

I am surprised how often people ask me if I feel safe here, as they have heard it’s a dangerous place!   It is very rare that belongings are taken by force or with any threat of force; but Barcelona certainly has a reputation for pickpockets.

Pickpocketing is pretty common, especially in busy tourist areas like Las Ramblas and the metro, as it is not a crime here – at least if the value of the item(s) stolen is under a certain amount – around €300 I believe. So pickpockets have focussed their attention on wallets and purses, going for the ‘easy’, lower-risk option and phone theft has become less common, as iphones and other modern smart phones go over this legal limit. Read more here

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