How it works:
- Situation: pickpocket cases are rare throughout the year until summer where foreign pickpocket gangs will begin to work the rounds in Helsinki. However, note that although crime rates have traditionally been low, the situation might have worsened since the EU removed restrictions on movement.
- Set-up: they work 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:
- Helsinki: Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, Temppeliaukion Church, Old Market Hall, Uspenskin Cathedral (UspenskinKatedraali), Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki Tram System, Hakaniemi Market, The Esplanadi Park, Senate Square, Helsinki City Museum, Hietalahti Market Square, The Sibelius Monument, Kamppi Shopping Centre, Helsinki Central Railway Station, Tram 9
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.