pick pockets in St Petersburg
Replies: 7 - Last Post: May 12, 2012 11:45 PM Last Post By: vikulichkakr
May 9, 2012 8:50 AM
pick pockets in St PetersburgI am in Poland at the moment and making my way to St Petersberg where I will be in about 2 weeks time.
I met a traveller here who told me how he was mugged and pickpockted twice in Nevsky Prospect and again the following day around Nevsky Prospect metro. I also believe pickpocketing such as this has been so common in recent timesat these places that it is mentioned in the St Petersburg chapter of the LP guide as an issue for travellers to be aware of.
Has anyone had similar experiences in these places or other places in St Petersburg ?
Sometimes a spate of pickpocketing is cleared up by the police.
Does anyone have any useful info on this issue around Nevsky Prospect or indeed other places in St Peters.
Thanks for any info.
May 9, 2012 10:16 AM
1I met a traveller here who told me how he was mugged and pickpockted twice in Nevsky Prospect and again the following day around Nevsky Prospect metro.
This must be a very stupid person. Pickpocketed once, ok, can happen to everyone, but twice and even a third time the day after.... He must be waving with his cash everywhere he went...
Yes, be aware of pickpocketers in St. Petersburg, but not more than for example in Amsterdam. Just put your cash somewhere safe and you'll be allright.
May 9, 2012 11:19 AM
May 9, 2012 12:42 PM
3There are certainly are pickpockets in St. Petersburg, just like in any other large European cities. They operate mostly in the city center where there are many tourists, who are the obvious targets. Use your common sense - don't flash your money or valuables. Put your money and the documents into the inside pockets.
May 9, 2012 1:21 PM
May 9, 2012 1:46 PM
May 12, 2012 1:45 PM
6I lived in Saint Petersburg for several months and never had a problem, although I may have just been lucky. However, I did know two other girls who were victims of thieves - one had her camera stolen from her bag as she turned the corner off of Nevsky, and the other had her purse stolen in a restaurant on Nevsky. The first girl had just finished putting her camera into her bag and closing her purse, and literally only about 1 minute later, she turned the corner to discover the camera was gone. She was partly annoyed at the loss of her camera, but partly impressed with the skill it took to rob her....:-)
The other girl left her bag on the back of a chair, and somebody wandered off with it.
I'd echo everybody else's comments - don't flash your valuables around, keep an eye on your personal belongings and try to be aware of your surroundings. If you are standing watching a street performer, be especially careful with your stuff. I think, like thieves everywhere, they wait until you are otherwise occupied and then take your stuff.
May 12, 2012 11:45 PM
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