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Pickpocket Scams in Milan Italy

Milan Italy - the fashion capitol of Italy - buy make sure your pockets are designed to prevent the hands of slick pickpockets from reaching inside them. While this article just focuses on pickpockets issues in Milan Italy, make sure you check out the article on general pickpocket tips in Italy itself, as well as other cities which pickpockets that are also discussed, including:

Pickpocket Scams in Milan Italy

Milan may be the fashion capital of Italy, but it is yet another city where tourists can experience pick pocketing first hand. The top two places one should be cautious are the central train station, Stazzione Cadorna, and Piazza del Duomo. Castello Sforzesco, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and public transportation are other areas where tourists will be targeted.


  • In the main train station, Stazzione Cadorna, there are often people waiting for foreigners to arrive. When traveling in a foreign country, the new smells, sights and sounds can be quite stimulating and create a sense of culture shock. During this period of initial shock, a person may not be quick thinking and rational, and this makes for a perfect target. For example, the payphones in Italy are difficult to use for first timers, and a friendly man may approach offering assistance. Once the helpless tourist accepts, the man may offer to take the traveler to a nearby bar, or if assisting a woman, expect a kiss in return. If you find yourself in this situation, it is better to ask a staff member for help. Never go to a second location with a stranger.


  • People on the street will always offer what seem to be free gifts of flowers, prayer cards, or even a friendship wristband. Try to avoid these people at all costs, these gifts are never free. The person will want money for the item, or even try to keep you in conversation so an accomplice can steal from you while you are attentive to the discussion.


  • At a popular tourist site, a young girl may approach you and stand very close. In one hand she is carrying a cardboard sign and attempting to tell you something in Italian, in the other hand she has your wallet from your pocket…hidden behind her cardboard sign.


  • Coaches are always popular hunting grounds for tourists, especially routes that connect the airport and main train station. Once departing the coach with your laptop bag in one hand and your recently collected luggage in the other, a thief asks you a question in Italian. While you are trying to decipher what the person needs, an accomplice moves past and lifts your bag.

Thefts at Milan Central Station

This video really shows the tourist how brazen young thieves can be.  These child gypsy pickpockets have honed their skills for years targeting tourists who arrive at the station and exit onto the street.  This video really shows the importance of using a security purse or security day pack when traveling in areas known for pickpockets

Theft Video at Milan Airport

This is a video of a theft from a traveler at the airport.  Always keep an eye on your luggage, no matter how close it is to you.

Our site contains over 100 pages of travel safety tips and security tips that are useful for any traveler. You will find tips involving luggage theft, avoiding pickpockets, laptop theft, hotel burglary, and airplane, train, automobile, and boat travel crimes.