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European Travelers Most At Risk for Pickpockets January 15 2020, 2 Comments

Europe is a travelers dream. The history and romance are alluring. There are countless different cultures, languages, and ethnicities - it is easy to see why Europe is intriguing. With the formation of the European Union, travel between many countries has become a breeze.

But with this change, a bad wind also blows. Many of the hottest European travel spots have long had their fair share of pickpockets. Ever since the opening of the EU borders to Romania and Bulgaria in 2007, it has become not just easy for tourists to travel between countries - it has also become easy for gypsies that specialize in pickpocketing to travel as well. This phenomenon has been well documented in Italy, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom. There has been a massive swell in gypsies travelling to tourist destinations in order to pick pockets.

I personally was approached by a beggar in Krakow, Poland during a trip in May. This older woman was very aggressive and got directly in my mother’s face. My mother was stunned. She didn’t move - she didn’t know what to do at all. I knew immediately that this was a bad situation and that an accomplice may be nearby, about to use her confusion and take the opportunity to steal from her pockets or purse. Thankfully, I acted quickly and pulled my mother out of the way, and we walked hastily down the street, far from the scene. Had we been wearing Clever Travel Companion clothing with hidden pockets, this scene would not have been as frightening as it was. You can bet that the next time we travel together, we will both be wearing our underwear with pockets!

What has been your experience in Europe? We love to hear your stories, so please comment below!

We made this infographic to break down the stats for you. 

I have a wealth of data to share with you regarding pickpockets and muggings in Europe. The information is divided by area (Western, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Europe). Take a look for yourself and see what the crime statistics are.

Top 5 Western European Countries for Pickpockets (thefts per year)

  1. Germany - 1,894,889

  2. France - 797,217

  3. Netherlands - 648,015

  4. Belgium - 244,140

  5. Switzerland - 161,262

Top 5 Southern European Countries for Pickpockets (thefts per year)

  1. Italy - 1,066,669

  2. Spain - 165,297

  3. Greece - 119,078

  4. Portugal - 102,271

  5. Croatia - 37,598

Top 5 Northern European Countries for Pickpockets (thefts per year)

  1. United Kingdom (England and Wales only) - 1,318,594

  2. Sweden - 379,494

  3. Denmark - 191,933

  4. Norway - 133,492

  5. Finland - 113,296

Top 5 Eastern European Countries for Pickpockets (thefts per year)

  1. Russia - 1,038,566

  2. Ukraine - 254,755

  3. Poland - 230,751

  4. Hungary - 130,229

  5. Czech Republic - 119,367



Happy Holidays 2019! 20% of with this code! December 11 2019, 0 Comments

The Clever Travel Companion team here just writing to wish everyone a happy holiday period for the year 2019! We've had a great year, a lot has happened and the future is looking very exciting indeed! In 2020 who knows where you will find yourself, let's hope its somewhere new, somewhere exotic and interesting. South America maybe? Asia? Eastern Europe? Scandinavia? There are always new and unexpected gems to be found if you just get up and go! Don't for one second think that everywhere has been explored and there's nowhere new in the world that is yet to be experienced, blogged about or has not yet felt the weight of a sandal worn by a bewildered tourist and his selfie stick:) We encourage you to make 2020 the year you discover the world! But, remember take care, take the appropriate precautions and stay safe!
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Does Travel Insurance Cover Pick Pocketing Incidents? February 06 2019, 5 Comments

When you are traveling, the main apprehension or worry that you should have involves pick pocketing. Travelers are targets of pick pocketing and the statistics back it up. More than 33% of travel insurance claims deal with the theft of personal property. This means that pickpocketing incidents are common and that you need to protect yourself in any way possible. Many wonder if travel insurance can be the way to lessen the risk of pick pocketing and protect your possessions.

What About Petty Theft?

When it comes to travel insurance, many people want to know if petty theft or pick pocketing is covered. This is due to the fact that travelers are looking to protect the possessions that have the most value to them. The answer to this question is not easy and involves many different factors. Travelers insurance is quite complex and your coverage changes depending on the type of coverage that you obtain.

The Good News

The best way to explain if travelers insurance will cover pick pocketing incidents is to break down the facts into good news and bad news. The good news is that all essential documents including your passport are covered under travelers insurance. This means that if your passport get stolen, you will not be stuck in a remote or exotic location, and you will have coverage that lets you get new documents,. All losses that you incur due to delays associated with the loss of your passport will be reimbursed to you through your travelers insurance provider.

The Bad News

All important personal documents are protected with travelers insurance, but petty theft itself is not really covered. This means that normally all cash, phones, purses, wallets and other items that are pickpocketed are not totally covered under your traveler’s insurance policy. Cash losses are (almost) never covered by insurance companies, because they are high fraud risks. Whatever cash you carry in your wallet that is pickpocketed is a loss that will not be reimbursed to you. This means that most pickpocketing incidents are not really covered by your travelers insurance. But always check with your insurance company before leaving home, since most company’s rules differ. Some cover more than others.

Be Aware

Since pickpocketing and petty theft are not incidents that you can protect yourself from with travelers insurance, you must be aware of this risk. You need to make every effort to carry your possessions in a manner that does not make you a target of theft. The risk of pick pocketing is something that you can’t totally avoid when traveling.