|Subject: Re: Pickpockets Italy|
I managed to survive a trip to Florence with all valuablable in tact.
However, I have also heard that pickpocketing is notoriously bad in Italy.
I have heard from more than one source that a typical ploy is for a group
of young children to surround and distract a stranger by asking for money,
candy, or just being loud kids, while one or more picks pockets. They
are easy to avoid and generally not dangerous. If you see a group of children
coming towards you, cross the street, go into a building, or otherwise
avoid them. I have also heard that fanny packs are a mistake because the
only people who wear them are American tourists therefore they're like
a big red target.
Erina in Reston, VA