How it works:
- Due to strict laws, crime rates in Bahrain are actually very low. That said, low crime does not mean no crime and it always pays to be careful.
- Bahrain has a large South Asian population of guest workers and according to studies done in 2004, 65% of violent crime and theft can be attributed to foreign citizens in Bahrain.
- The standard pickpocket modus operandi involves working in a gang – one onlooker, one blocks, pushes, distracts, or engages you, one grabs and the final hides the loot under a cover (e.g. jacket/newspaper) and escapes.
Places to beware:
- Manama: Bab Al Bahrain
What to do:
- Passport: carry a photocopy instead of the actual one.
- Valuables: wallet in front pocket, small valuables in a money belt/hidden pouch, large valuables in an anti-theft bag.
- Travel insurance: get a good one that covers theft – check out the various travel insurance comparison platforms to find the best deal that works for you.