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how bad are the pickpocketers in shanghai

Calgary, Canada
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how bad are the pickpocketers in shanghai

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Glasgow, United...
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1. Re: how bad are the pickpocketers in shanghai

I imagine they are quite good.

New York City, New...
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2. Re: how bad are the pickpocketers in shanghai

You need to take precautions. Its mostly in big cities and especially in heavily tourist areas. So cities like Shanghai you need to be really careful about when on Nanjing road etc. It happens frequently enough where you must take precautions, but it doesn't feel like its on the level of some cities in Europe where its totally out of control.

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3. Re: how bad are the pickpocketers in shanghai

We did not have any issues. it's a big city so take care as you would in a big city anywhere.

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4. Re: how bad are the pickpocketers in shanghai

I have visited Shanghai 4-5 times, never happened to me, but I can imagine there must be many, so be cautious.

Back in late March in Guangzhou, I was on very busy Shangxiaju pedestrian shopping street, a team of 3 pickpockets gathered around me, 2 behind me and moving very close inches from me, 1 detached lookout; my colleagues walking 5 steps away noticed it and rapidly moved up to me and the 2 thieves, within second they spotted it and moved away. We are 3 big guys over 6’ tall. I didn’t know it until it was over.

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5. Re: how bad are the pickpocketers in shanghai

This is not a big issue in Shanghai. But any big city where you have a lot of tourists, you need to be careful.

Shanghai, China
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6. Re: how bad are the pickpocketers in shanghai

They must be pretty bad, because in a total of more than 5 years in Shanghai they failed to pickpocket me even once. ;-)

NNJ
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7. Re: how bad are the pickpocketers in shanghai

Haha, the same here, not only for me, but also for everyone I know. They must be very, very bad.

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8. Re: how bad are the pickpocketers in shanghai

Pickpocketing in the big cities in China is very common. Like in most of the big cities world wide. Luckily is is not extremely bad, as it is in some cities in the world. It is not only limited to tourist sites. I have heard of situations where cell phones were snatched of a table when people were eating.

It is more like: Opportunity makes the thief. So be careful with your belongings, and keep them safe.

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9. Re: how bad are the pickpocketers in shanghai

Many policemen and police point in tourist area

But you also be careful of your belonging by yourself.

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10. Re: how bad are the pickpocketers in shanghai

I think in the past few years the police have focused more on cracking down on these criminal groups.

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