While London tops many traveler’s lists as one of their must-see cities to visit in Europe, certain London’s subway lines are tops with pickpockets. The busier the station or line is with travelers the busier it is with pickpockets. Make sure you are safe from pickpockets while using the London Underground or Tube so you don’t waste precious vacation time in a police station making a crime report, obtaining new ID or passport, or getting new credit cards lost to the thieves.
In a recent report released by the British Transport Police, several specific underground Tube lines were identified as the top pickpocket victimization locations where passengers are being targeted by pickpocket gangs. Obviously, the Tube’s busiest lines and stations are the ones most likely to have higher incidents of theft by pickpockets than quieter lines.
Travelers using London’s Central Line to get around central London are more likely to fall prey to thieves than on any other route on the London Underground.
The Solution – Stop Pickpockets Before They Ruin Your Trip!
Use anti-theft wallets, bags and other clever gear to thwart pickpockets. It should be pointed out that overall, the crime rate on the London Underground has fallen in recent years – down from 17,828 in 2012 and 19,223 in 2013 – to 15,635 in 2014, however, the locations which were outlined in the report are ones that all travelers should be aware of when visiting London and traveling on the subway. For a detailed report on London Tube pickpockets, read this report.
London, England, is known for pickpockets working the crowds for as long as they have had their underground tube.
Since a majority of pickpocketing occurs in their subway system, the British Transport Police has put together a series of short videos that alert travelers to the most common types of thefts that you would fall victim to in the UK.
These videos are very well done and should be viewed by anyone who is going anywhere pickpockets are known to show their trade. Here is the pickpocket video link that has additional information.
London Transport Police Videos
Pickpocket Tactics Video – The Stall
Pickpocket Tactics Video – The Concealed Hand
Pickpocket Tactics Video – The Easy Dip
Pickpocket Tactics Video -The Helpful Stranger
Pickpocket Tactics Video – The Distraction
Pickpocket Tactics Video – The Diversion
Pickpocket Tactics Video – Luggage Lifters
Pickpocket Tactics Video – The Snatchers
Pickpocket Tactics Video – The Blind Spot
Pickpocket Tactics Video – The Sleeper
Pickpocket Tactics Video – The Plucker
Pickpocket Tactics Video – The Helpful Stranger
Pickpocket Tactics Video – The Grabber
Pickpocket Tactics Video – The Early Bird