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Expats in Barcelona 'should be wary of pickpockets'

Expatriate workers living in Spain may take more care over their belongings following the release of a new study naming Barcelona as worst for street thefts.

Conducted by travel advice site TripAdvisor.com, the poll reviewed comments made by site users and editors to compile a list of locations where foreign visitors are most at risk of pickpocketing.

Barcelona took first place with one comment comparing theft in the city to a generally accepted game such as football. Rome and Prague took second and third place respectively.

Commenting on the results, Amelie Hurst, a spokesperson for the firm, said: "Pickpocketing is a true art and whilst thieves can strike anywhere, home or abroad, tourist hot-spots often yield far richer-pickings.

"The combination of an awe-struck traveller and a bag bulging with local currency, not to mention passports, cameras and credit cards, is an appealing prospect for any light-fingered thief."

According to British Foreign Office travel advice, one scam travellers should be aware of is bogus police officers who ask to see a person’s wallet or bag before stealing it.

The office reminds visitors they have a right to ask to see identification when stopped.

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