|Our No. 1 Venice Hotel Warning|
From: Top 11 Tourist Mistakes
Violent crime is practically unknown in Venice, but--like many popular tourist destinations--the city is a magnet for pickpockets, purse thieves, and other crooks who prey on careless or inattentive visitors.
We've never had anything stolen (maybe because thieves have been intimidated by our scary-looking canine bodyguard), but friends, acquaintances, and relatives haven't always been so lucky:
Our niece lost her purse in the railroad station, and we know a travel writer whose video camera disappeared when she set down her tote to buy a gelato.
At a language school that one of us attended, three women in a class of a dozen students reported having their wallets lifted in Venice.
Most thefts occur because people make careless (and easily avoided) mistakes such as:
Carrying wallets in hip pockets, where they're easy for a pickpocket to reach.
Wearing purses over and behind the shoulder.
Storing valuables in hip pouches or "fanny packs."
Stuffing mobile phones, passports, and other valuables in backpacks.
Carrying heavy camera bags (or, worse yet, obvious camera backpacks) that might as well be labeled "Steal me."
Resting handbags on top of luggage while concentrating on a map or guidebook.
Hanging purses from chair backs in cafés and restaurants.
Wearing "neck wallets" outside clothing, in full view of thieves, instead of hidden inside a shirt or blouse.
Use common sense, be aware of your possessions and surroundings, and read our Venice Travel Blog's Crime in Venice post before you leave home.
Keep a small amount of cash, a credit card, and an ATM card in a thin wallet that you're carrying in a safe place (such as a zippered shirt security pocket). Store your passport and other valuables in a separate, hidden neck wallet.
Next page: Mistake #10: Annoying the locals
|Top 11 Tourist Mistakes in Venice, Italy:|
|1. Hit-and-run visits|
|2. Staying in the wrong location|
|3. Commuting from the mainland|
|4. Following the crowd|
|5. Paying too much for transportation|
|6. Taking unnecessary tours|
|8. Buying useless souvenirs|
|9. Being careless with valuables|
|10. Annoying the locals|
|11. Not coming back|
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