Traveling fills hearts and heads with lavish visions of food, frolics and fun. As humans, we make mistakes and accidently leave behind our possessions, in hopes that an honest individual will return our wallet, keys or passport. The dark side of tourism, theft, happens and instills fear and anguish. These events occur in any city around the world, but some cities are not as honest as others. On your next adventure, travel worry-free with a theft-proof Pacsafe bag.
In a recent Reader’s Digest report, Lisbon has taken the rap for being the least honest city when it comes to returning possessions. The US Consumer magazine dropped wallets in 16 cities which contained 30 Euro, family picture, mobile number and business cards. Out of 12 wallets dropped, only one was returned.
Madrid, second behind Lisbon, was another not-so-honest city from the Reader’s Digest experiment. Out of twelve wallets dropped, only two were returned. Spain’s economy is still in chaos; therefore, the Spaniards may be out to make a quick buck, in any way possible.
France is the world’s most visited country and is flushed with tourist’s cash. In August 2013, Paris made media appearance for reports of muggers and pick-pocketers targeting Asian tourists. In March, a group of 23 Chinese tourists were mugged within hours of landing in Paris. Boy, this really kills the wonderful illusion everyone has about Paris, eh?
New Delhi, India
New Delhi is known to be the “harsher” of the Indian big cities. Women travelers are warned to travel with groups and wear appropriate clothing. The Lonely Planet guide books warn prospective travelers to purchase a pre-paid taxi from the airport to avoid taxi-scams where travelers are dropped off at a tourist agency to purchase over-priced services. If you’re worried about theft, head to the more honest, Mumbai.
Prague, Czech Republic
The Reader’s Digest experiment ranked Prague third on the list with only returning three of 12 wallets dropped within the city. Prague flourishes with professional pick-pocketers. Another issue in Prague are car-thefts. To avoid getting your windows smashed, park in the garage and carry your valuables. Better yet, take public transit as Prague is a very walk-able city.
Los Angeles, California
California dominates the annual “City with the Most Stolen Cars” list. However, the majority of action takes place in Los Angeles. It’s a combination that the city is dense with cars and nearby the Mexico border, which is where most stolen cars show up, south of the border.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sao Paulo’s dishonest qualities include kidnapping, carjackings and home and restaurant invasions. Many “express kidnappings” occur outside the bank where thieves demand ATM withdrawal. If you lose your wallet or passport, kiss it goodbye. Play it safe and head to Rio and chillax on the beach.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.