Some years ago, a friend  experienced a pickpocket while in Barcelona – a notorious pickpocket capital of the world, according to the Mail Online. To prepare for our trip to Barcelona in Spring 2017, I do my best that we will leave with positive impressions of Barcelona, particularly the magical La Sagrada Familia.
- Don’t underestimate pickpockets and rip-off artists .
- In crowded areas, wear our backpack  in front of us and avoid keeping valuables in our pockets.
- Place our bag on our lap or on the floor in front of us with the strap looped around our leg. Do not hang our bag from the chair.
- Timing matters e.g. the pickpocket snatches victim’s belongings and runs away with them just as the metro’s doors are about to close.
- Duck into a store or a cafe to get your bearings.
- Do not consult our guidebook or street map on main streets like La Rambla, squares like Placa Reial or exposed street corners.
- According to Mark Wolters, the police will not help the victims of pickpockets, instead they will laugh at the victims. However, in an unfortunate event of being picked-pocket, a police report is essential for insurance claim.
- Avoid strangers approaching us on the streets (the fake petition trick, the drop scam , impromptu roadside games)
- Be careful of over-helpful ‘tourists’ or pickpockets masquerading as undercover ‘policemen’
- Be careful when paying bills at restaurants. “The waiter will take your cash, swap it with fake notes, and return to accuse you of paying with counterfeit money. “
- Avoid taking the L3 Metro line or Bus 24 and lingering in the Placa Catalunya, Placa Espania, Passeig de Gracia and Jaume I metro stations. For us, we will avoid Las Rambras too.
 She studied economics and German in Wellesley College. I became acquainted with her in Summer 2010. Later, she pursued a Master in Economics in our last alma mater as of 2017. Her experience includes working with Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan.
 On 20170317, I bought a new backpack for myself and Little Prince. I plan to put a cloth at the bottom (so the valuables will not be the most bottom in case of slashing)
 “Pickpockets often feign goodwill, coming after you and pretending to return a valuable item you’ve dropped. While you deny the item is yours, an accomplice uses the distraction to snatch your wallet. If you turn around and find a stranger with a wad of cash or some jewellery that’s not yours, walk away as fast as possible. The ‘drop’ scam works the other way round, too – you might see a person suddenly drop money or a bag on the ground, so you’d stop to help them while an accomplice steals your things.”
 They “work in groups with one bumping into you as a distraction while another picks your pocket from the other side or squirting white liquid like pigeon excrement on you and picking your pocket while pretending to help you clean up.”