The five European cities where you are most likely to be pickpocketed

The pickpocket gangs of Europe are masters of their trade – and they can ruin a holiday.

Most European pickpockets work in groups and use distraction methods to rob unsuspecting tourists at popular attractions.

Chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor Christine Peterson said: ‘Not always a basic “lift-and-run” operation, expert pickpocketing can sometimes involve more complicated scams. Travellers need to be aware of all kinds of tricks meant to distract them from their belongings while enjoying popular world attractions.’

Here are the five European cities that according to TripAdvisor are places to be especially aware of conniving pickpockets – and tips on how to avoid becoming a target.

Barcelona

With its stunning Catalan architecture and immaculate coastline, it is no wonder Barcelona is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations.

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