"pick-pocket and bag grabbers" People to Avoid Tip by scott_doane
People to Avoid, Barcelona: 45 reviews and 16 photos
Barcelona has a real problem at the moment with petty theft. The majority of my friends and family who have visited have had some experience. This has been by stealth and by direct grabbing. Perhaps the most popular approach is to divert your attention in some way while someone else grabs your bag. Keep bags in sight, and on your arm. Keep your money in your front pocket. You have been warned! And if it goes wrong.. the tourist police are on Calle Nou de La Rambla - walk down Las Ramblas past the Placa Real, turn right towards the Palau Guell, and keep going about 400 meters.
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