How it works:
- The pickpocket situation is not as common as in other European countries, with cases bordering between rare and uncommon.
- The professionals 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. You should look out for the beggars as well, as they are part of organized crime groups.
Places to beware:
- Budva: Sveti Stefan
- Herceg Novi
- Kotor: Kotor Old City, Bay of Kotor, Kotor’s Castle Of San Giovanni
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.