How it works:
- Version 1: 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.
- Version 2: bird poo scam.
Places to beware:
- Gothenburg: Nordstan
- Stockholm: Vasa Museum, Gamla Stan (Stockholm Old Town), Stockholm City Hall, ABBA The Museum, Royal Palace, Stortorge, Nobel Prize Museum, Kungstradgarden Park, Norrmalm
- Malmo: St. Petri (St. Peter’s Church)
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).