How it works:
- 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.
- Just in late 2017, a major pickpocketing gang that was raking in earnings in excess of €3,500 a day was busted.
Places to beware:
- Athens: Acropolis, Parthenon, Acropolis Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Plaka, Temple of Hephaestus, Ancient Agora of Athens, Monastiraki, Plateia Syntagmatos, Areopagus, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Central Market, Adrianou Street, Adrianou Street, Roman Agora, Ermou Street, Gazi, Syntagma Station, Athens Metro, Omonia Square, Pandrossou
- Corfu Island: Corfu Old Town, The Liston
- Crete: Old Venetian Harbor, Rethymnon Old Town, Heraklion, The Palace of Knossos, Morosini Fountain, Municipal Market of Chani
- Kos: Eleftherias Square, Hippocrates Tree
- Mykonos: Little Venice, The Windmills (Kato Milli), Church of Paraportiani
- Naxos: Old Town
- Piraeus: Port of Piraeus
- Rhodes: Medieval City, Village of Lindos, Farma of Rhodes, Elli Beach, New Market
- Santorini: Santorini Cable Car
- Thessaloniki: Aristotelous Square
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 (e.g. World Nomads, trusted by Lonely Planet and National Geographic – review).