When we go on holiday, we tend to let our guard down and we may be a little less careful than usual. Pickpockets in Alicante are aware of that and use it to their advantage. To avoid becoming their next victim, stay alert and take some steps to protect your belongings. Our little guide below explains what you need to consider.
Pickpocketing can be a problem in Alicante, the same as in many other tourist destinations. Pickpockets often “work” in crowded areas such as marketplaces, busy streets, on public transport or at bus stops and stations.
Pickpockets usually try to blend in with the crowd and not stand out. They will often dress like tourists to avert attention.
Distraction is usually the key for a pickpocket’s success. Techniques can vary, such as bumping into someone, asking a question, asking for help or offering help.
They often work in pairs or in a group. While one of them distracts the intended victim, the other tries to steal their belongings. While the individual’s attention is diverted, the thief quickly snatches their valuables such as wallets, phones or passports.
Pickpockets may also use tools such as small knives, or scissors. The thief can use these to cut open bags or pockets, to get to your belongings more easily.
Spotting a pickpocket can be difficult as they are generally very good at looking inconspicuous. However, there are some behaviours you can look for that might indicate that someone is up to no good:
It is, of course, important to remember that not everyone exhibiting such behaviours is a pickpocket. However, if someone appears suspicious to you, it is best to give them a wide berth and keep your belongings safe.
There are several measures you can take to protect yourself from pickpockets. Consider the following:
By taking these precautions, you can reduce the likelihood of becoming a target for pickpocketing and keep your belongings safe while travelling in Alicante.
While there is no specific clothing that can prevent pickpocketing entirely, dressing appropriately can help reduce the risk. Here are some tips on what to wear to avoid being a target for pickpockets:
Should you, despite all your precautions, be unlucky enough to become a victim of pickpocketing, here are the steps you should take:
It is important to act quickly if you have been pickpocketed to minimize any potential damage and recover your stolen items.
Here is a little checklist to help you prepare for your holiday:
|Do not travel with expensive-looking suitcases or bags, as these are more appealing to potential thieves than a slightly tatty-looking bag.
|Purse or wallet
|Take two purses or wallets on holiday with you. One can be used for small amounts of money and kept easily accessible for your little purchases. The other is used to store your cards or larger amounts of cash. This will need to be carried in a safe place and only come out if you are making a bigger purchase.
|Bank contact numbers
|Make a note of contact numbers to cancel your bank cards in the event they are stolen.
|Photocopy all your important travel documents and keep the copies in a separate place from the originals.
|Leave valuable jewellery or watches at home.
|Download a “find my phone” app and ensure your phone is password protected.
|General (Police, Ambulance, Fire)
|National Police Helpline (non-emergency number to report a crime, English-speaking)
|+34 902 102 112
|+34 965 20 15 26
|+34 965 14 56 60
|+34 965 21 60 22
|US Embassy (Madrid)
|+34 91 587 2200
|Honorary Consul of Ireland
|+34 965 10 74 85
|Honorarkonsulat der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
|+34 965 11 80 70
For information about Alicante, please also see our page “Alicante Guide“.