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European Pickpocketing Index: Tourist Destinations With Highest Pickpocketing Statistics in Europe


Holidaymakers have been told in which of the top 10 most visited European countries they are most likely to be pickpocketed. Pickpocket rates by country can vary, but travel insurance comparison experts at Quotezone.co.uk have crunched the numbers to reveal where each of the most popular European holiday destinations rank on their European Pickpocketing Index.

Pickpocketing statistics in Europe

The index ranks the most popular European holiday destinations by the proportion of pickpocketing mentions in visitor reviews of each country’s top five tourist attractions.

Visitors to Italy’s Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon in Rome as well as the Duomo di Milano in Milan and the Gallerie Degli Uffizi in Florence mentioned the highest volume of stolen personal items on online travel reviews.

This equates to 478 pickpocketing mentions for every million British visitors to Italy’s top tourist attractions – the highest proportion of any European country.

France is the second most visited country by Brits and also has the second highest number of pickpocketing mentions at 251 per million visitors, with all 5 attractions monitored being in Paris.

Spain ranked third on the pickpocketing index with Las Ramblas being the worst of the five tourist spots for stolen items.

Closer to home, the index suggests that tourists enjoying a pint at the Guinness Storehouse can feel fairly confident their possessions are safe, with the Republic of Ireland ranking down in tenth with only 7 pickpocketing mentions per million visitors.

Pickpocket rates by country

The European Pickpocketing Index as revealed by Quotezone.co.uk:


Based on data analysis by Quotezone.co.uk

Greg Wilson, Founder and CEO of Quotezone.co.uk, said that unfortunately this new research shows that thousands of people have complained about pickpockets in Europe while experiencing the best that European holiday destinations have to offer.

He said: “Theft can happen anywhere and tourist hotspots are convenient places for criminals to target holidaymakers’ wallets and purses whilst they are busy taking in the sites.

“Iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Trevi Fountain in Rome are particularly popular with pickpockets as they can move more inconspicuously amongst larger crowds.

“Many holidaymakers are unaware that some of the most popular destinations for Brits have some of the highest incidents of pickpocketing in Europe.

“Our research revealed some surprising results with Italy having the most pickpocketing mentions, yet France and Spain have much larger volumes of tourists. 

“It is essential always to remain vigilant, leave valuables, like expensive jewellery, in a safe in the hotel and always travel with a secure cross-body bag with zips to secure phones and wallets or even a money belt.

“Try never to leave personal belongings unattended because travel insurance companies require travellers to take ‘reasonable care’ and could reject insurance claims for theft if items have been left alone.

“It is also important to remember to get a police report for the loss or theft of an item if you’ve been pickpocketed, as this will support the insurance claim.  Remember to double-check what is and isn’t covered on the travel insurance policy before heading to these high-ranking destinations, most travel insurance policies cover important documentation such as passports but rarely cover stolen cash and phones.  Most providers allow travellers to add on extras that might be needed such as gadget travel insurance.”

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CountryTotal Visits by UK Tourists 2022 (Q1-Q3)Total Visits by UK Tourists 2023 (Q1-Q3)* Increase in Visitors from 2022-2023Top 5 Tourist Hotspots AnalysedWorst Area for PickpocketsCurrent ‘pickpocketing’ Mentions per Million Visitors (as of April 2024)**
1Italy3.1m3.8m0.7mColosseum,  Duomo di Milano,
Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon
Trevi Fountain478
2France5.9m7.2m1.3mMusée d’Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Louvre MuseumEiffel Tower251
3Spain12.3m14m1.7mBasilica de la Sagrada Familia,  Plaza Mayor, Madrid,The Alhambra, Prado National Museum, Las RamblasLas Ramblas111
Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, Marienplatz, East Side Gallery, The Holocaust Memorial
Brandenburg Gate111
5Netherlands1.3m2m0.7mAnne Frank House,
Van Gogh Museum, Red Light District, Rijksmuseum,

Red Light District

6Portugal2.9m3.1m0.2mCastelo de S. Jorge, Oceanário de Lisboa,
Ponte de Dom Luís I, Alfama, Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

7Turkey2m2.6m0.6mHagia Sophia Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet District, Blue MosqueSultanahmet District21
8Greece3.1m3.4m0.3mAcropolis, Acropolis Museum, Little Venice Mykonos, Medieval City, Rhodes town, ParthenonAcropolis Museum19
9Poland1.7m2.1m0.4mKrakow’s Rynek Glowny Central Square, Państwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Old Town Warsaw, Łazienki Królewskie w Warszawie,Rynek of WroclawKrakow’s Rynek Glowny Central Square18
10Republic of Ireland2.1m2.6m0.5mGuinness Storehouse,
The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, Killarney National Park, Irish Whiskey Museum, Temple Bar

Guinness Storehouse
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Note – date ranges for total visits by UK tourists compare Q1-Q3 each year, as per data available, above.
**Total mentions on traveller review websites for ‘pickpockets’ or ‘stolen’

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