Travel Picks: Europe dominates list of top 10 pickpocket traps

Fri Oct 2, 2009 1:41pm EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Where there are tourists, there are people seeking to exploit them, with travel website TripAdvisor coming up with a list of the top 10 places worldwide to be especially aware of pickpockets.

"Not always a basic 'lift-and-run' operation, expert pickpocketing can sometimes involve more complicated scams," said Christine Petersen, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.

"Travelers need to be aware of all kinds of tricks meant to distract them from their belongings while enjoying popular world attractions."

European cities dominated the top 10 list compiled by TripAdvisor's travelers and editors. Reuters had not endorsed this list:

1. Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain

Las Ramblas, the famous wide, pedestrian walkway full of life, music, and people at all hours of the day and night, is the perfect place to get your purse pinched.

2. Rome, Italy

With its ancient buildings, historical and cultural attractions, Rome is full of tourists admitting the Trevi Fountain or the Pantheon. It's easy for a pickpocket to lift a camera or purse with a quick snip of scissors.

3. Prague, Czech Republic   Continued...

 
<p>A couple kiss along Las Ramblas street during traditional Sant Jordi's day celebrations in Barcelona April 23, 2009. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino</p>