"Common sense really...." Pickpockets, Beggars, Crime and Scams Tip by jolou


Don't be over-anxious in london but be aware.....

Watch your bags (especially at the main tourist areas) and be aware at tube / rail stations.

Keep an eye on your stuff when in pubs/ bars, especially if you leave your bag under a table. A trick that seems to be used a lot by professional bag thieves - when no one is looking they somehow manage to get your bag from under the table and replace it with an empty bag (probably belonging to their last victim). It then takes a while to notice your bag has gone as out of the corner of your eye, there is something still there. I like to think of myself a very alert to anything like this but I've been out on 2 occasions when this has happened to friends and not one of us noticed a thing!!

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  • Updated Jan 17, 2005
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