Pickpockets and the handbag trick

In the hustle and bustle of shopping, pickpockets wait for moments when the attention of busy shoppers wanders. Nimble-fingered pickpockets can be found especially in places where there's a lot going on, such as crowded pedestrian zones, department stores or on public transport. They frequently work in groups or at least in pairs – and each of them has a particular task. One distracts the victim, e.g. by asking the time or for a tissue, while the accomplice quickly reaches into the pocket or bag.

Protect yourself

How can you protect yourself from pickpockets? Here are a few helpful tips:

  • If you are carrying a handbag, make sure it is always closed!
  • Never leave your handbag unattended – it's better to carry your bag close to your body at all times.
  • Always carry your bag with the opening side towards your body – this makes it virtually impossible for someone to open it.
  • Only carry essential items in your bag in case you become a victim of a pickpocket at some time. In this way, your losses can be kept to a minimum.

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