The London Undergound: for tourists, a must try experience widely featured as part of London and the U.K's unique culture. For Londoners, a love hate relationship. They love the convenience of being able to cheaply hop on and off regular trains spanning the entire breadth of the city yet hate the hustle and bustle, the cramped platforms and even more cramped trains and for some platforms, then there's the pickpockets....
UK insurance company Row has compiled a report outlining three of London's underground and over ground train platforms as the absolute worst for pickpockets and theft in the whole of the UK. More specifically, gadget theft.
The firm said that no less than 85 per cent of UK gadget pickpocket claims this year have cited Bank station as the location for the stolen item, followed by Victoria and Kings Cross.
The insurance company also reported Bangkok, Sydney and Barcelona as the top international locations for claims of stolen gadgets such as phones, cameras and tablets.
The firm has compiled a list of must-dos to avoid being pickpocketed, including carrying devices in zipped bags when not in use, keeping said bag in front of your body, taking cheaper devices on travels, and limiting the use of gadgets in busy places.
The company also – unsurprisingly – advises travelers to get their devices insured, citing deals from as little as 10p per month to cover the new Nokia 3310.
So keep your eyes on your valuables Clever Traveler's! One thing this insurance company wont be directing their claimants and customers to do is protect themselves from being pickpocketed in the first place rather than relying on a dubious insurance claim to return your lost goods. We're in the business of prevention! Pick up some Clever Travel Companion pickpocket proof gear today and make sure you don't fall victim!