Pickpockets Barcelona - 10 quick tips 2024

Pickpockets Barcelona - 10 quick tips

Is Barcelona safe? Yes Barcelona is generally considered to be safe for tourists to visit. Read our Barcelona safety guide for full information about crime and safety in Barcelona. 

The biggest crime problem in Barcelona is petty crime and theft by the many pickpockets and bag thieves in busy tourist areas. The places be aware of pick-pockets are the busy Las Ramblas walking street, Barcelona's medieval Ciutat Vella city center in general, the Barceloneta beach area in the summer, all metro stations in the center and Sants train station.


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Barcelona is generally considered very safe to visit. Muggings are rare, but bag-snatchers and pickpockets are rife, so be sure to take precautions with packpacks, bags, iPpads, smart phones etc - these items can be stolen by expert pickpocket gangs without you noticing.

Here are some simple steps to avoid being an obvious target of pickpocket theft.

If you follow these tips you will not be a target and you probably not have problems with pickpockets during your stay in Barcelona.

10 quick tips - Barcelona Pickpocket Safety Tips:

1. Don't carry your wallet in your back pocket

2. Don't put phones, cameras on the table at cafes

3. Wear your rucksack on your front at all times in tourist areas

4. Keep bags on your lap at cafes/coffee bars

5. Be wary of any strangers approaching you or touching you

6. Don't play any street games and be aware when watching street shows

7. Be extra aware on beaches and in the metro. Keep bags closed and close to you.

8. Be extra aware on the beaches in the summer

9. Be extra aware on Las Ramblas, the old city, La Sagrada Familia church, Sants station and in metro

10. Be extra aware around airport bus ransport

Read our full Barcelona Safety Guide with more pickpocket safety tips

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Last Updated on Thursday, 02 November 2023 16:22