How to avoid pickpockets in Barcelona

All the safety tips you need to know to avoid pickpockets in Barcelona!


When you are visiting a new city, then you probably already asked yourself, “Is this city safe?” “Should I bring valuable belongings?” “Where should I pay attention to?” et cetera. If you are planning on coming to Barcelona for business, a holiday, or an Erasmus program, please be aware of pickpockets! Although Barcelona is known as a safe place, it is also known for the presence of pick-pockets. Therefore, you should be extra careful in the touristic areas. Here we would like to give you some life hacks to remain safe and avoid pickpockets.

10 tips to be safe in Barcelona!

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

2. Don’t put your phone or camera on the table at cafes, bars, restaurants.

3. Wear your rucksack on the front in touristy areas.

4. Always keep bags on your lap at cafes/coffee bars.

5. Be aware when strangers are approaching to you or touching you.

7. Be extra aware at the beach and in the metro.

8. Be extra aware when watching street shows.

9. Be extra aware on public places such as La Rambla, the Sagrada Familia church, Sants train station.

10. Be extra aware in hotel lobbies, at airport bus stops and airport transport.

What to do if you lost your wallet or it has been stolen:

The first thing you should do is search for it everywhere before making any accusation. If you still haven’t found it you should call some of the places you went earlier like restaurants, shops or hotels to check if they didn’t find anything. If you still have no clue where your wallet is, you should call your bank and report that your wallet is stolen. In this way, your money will be safe because they will freeze your bank accounts. If you also lost your driver’s license, go to the local DMV to report that it’s missing. Afterwards, you should go to the local authorities to report the loss or theft, maybe they found anything or at least they can try to identify the thief.

What to do if you lost your phone or it has been stolen:

First of all, you should always insure your phone, in case it gets broken or stolen. This will save you a lot of money when these things actually happen. Another good contraceptive to avoid not getting your phone back is the relocation function that even almost every phone has. This is a widget that can track the location of your Phone which makes it easier for you to find the perpetrator. It is also very important to lock your phone with a password so that they don’t have any access to your phone.

But when the theft actually happened, you should call your phone to check if the thief hasn’t take your sim-card out of it yet. If not, block your sim-card directly. We also recommend you to file a report immediately. And last but not least make sure you encrypt your phone regularly so that your bank data will be safe.

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