Pickpokets, Pisa

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  • Gypsies alive and well in Pisa 2013 !!

    by chachamack Updated Jul 24, 2013

    The gypsies are in huge numbers in Pisa especially at the train station! Travelers are distracted usually rolling luggage along, reading signs and distracted with the noise and people. They are carrying all their money and valuables. This is a perfect time for thieves to strike. It is usually with a slight bump that can happen in a crowded setting. When I was in Pisa recently there seems to be swarms of immigrants who just hang at the train station. A new camera was stolen from me and I thought I was being careful. My career is in the travel industry and if it can happen to me it can happen to anyone. So please EVERYONE carry in layers putting your money, passport, airline tickets in your money belt concealed next to your body. Next, if you have to carry a purse or bag place it under your armpit tightly and place a hand on it when walking through the train station in PIsa, or really any crowded tourist destination in Italy. I wish Italy would get a handle on the gypsies but I won't hold my breath.
    If something does happen to you report it to your embassy, hotel, tour operator or a travel web site to get the word out where it is most active.

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  • Gypsies at Cofer Bar Train Station Pisa

    by Monique12 Written Jul 29, 2012

    When you arrive at the train station at Pisa, watch out for roma gypsies. They are just outside the train station. Whatever you do, do not go into the bar accross the square opposite the train station for something to drink or eat, it's called Cofer Bar!! They operate within that bar, the gypsies know the bar staff!! I know because I was robbed by them, some are dressed a bit normal like italians and they are in the bar scouting for targets, I had one next to me when I ordered inside and she definately knew all the bar staff so I thought she wasn't a gypsie, but I was a little worried because she did keep an eye on my purse. But again, because she knew the girl behind the bar I thought I was imagning things. I had my purse safe well within my case. I was travelling with my mum who is partially disabled and an old gyspie woman starting pushing my mum (how sad is that?!) so I had to help her. Before I knew it, it only takes a second with that lot, all your stuff is gone. Just keep all your valuables literally in your underwear or bottom of your backpack and don't stop at that bar and tell any desperado gyppo to you know what!!

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  • Pickpockets on the buses

    by 732Morvern Updated Oct 28, 2010

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    A trip to Tuscany was spoiled yesterday when my girlfriend's purse was stolen on the bus back to the airport. It's not as if we weren't aware of the dangers and what to look out for, but she realised that her purse was gone after a women with a baby in a sling bumped into her on the bus from the Tower to the airport. We assume the woman had seen my girlfriend take the bus tickets out of her purse and then put the purse back into her bag.
    By the time we noticed she had gone, and even if we had caught her I suppose she would have passed the purse to an accomplice. Know where your valuables are at all times - these thieves are very good at their unpleasant business.

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  • Tips for Italy Travel Safety

    by luckzz1000 Updated Jan 19, 2010

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    Travel Guide Trip & info's : www.madisonvillearts.org
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    Remember to protect yourself against purse-snatchers and pickpockets. It is recommended that you wear a money belt or a pouch on a string around your neck, both concealed. When you have to carry a purse make sure that is around your neck and tucked between your body and arm. A word of caution: "gypsy" children are widespread in Rome, are skilled pickpockets that are quick, and know more tricks than you do.
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    Travel Guide Trip & info's : www.madisonvillearts.org

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  • Be careful entering shops/stores

    by sam502w Written Aug 23, 2009

    I was pickpocketed by three women as I entered a shop to buy water. I followed a woman holding a baby. As she was at the doorway, she stopped in her tracks. People crashed into me from behind and I was crushed between the woman ahead of me and those behind me. I should have been alert (and had a zippered money pouch in my front right pants pocket) but got careless. I ended up not buying water and when I was at the train station about 5 minutes later, realized I had my money pouch stolen.

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    Don't trust in ANYBODY

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Jan 3, 2009

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    This happened to my sister: we were walking back to our bus when suddenly a young girl holding a baby and two other boys approached to my sister asking for money to feed the baby, but the girl put a big piece of cardboard above my sister's bag to take the wallet out while trying to distract her.
    But fortunatelly some of out tourmates saw the two boys trying to steal and they yielded at us, that scared the thiefs and they just ran away. They actually took out the wallet but dropped it after our tourmates saved my sister! Be aware of any suspicious people, doesn't matter if they have babies, they use them to steal!!

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  • BOLD GYPSIES!!!

    by reshields Written Feb 3, 2007

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    On the train from florence to pisa we had a bold pregnant (well she looked pregnant but she may have been faking it for sentiment like most gypsies with babies and animals) gypsy girl come up to me and my friend. She tried to get us to give her our food and money and started kissing my friends legs and when we kept saying no she acted like she was going to spit on us. Then before walking off she smacked me hard with her knuckles on the top of my head! It was so suprising that I didnt know what to do. Then later when they came around to check tickets we realized she had stolen it! We were lucky that was all that she took and that the person checking let us stay on the train but make sure that you have nothing out that can be stolen and dont sleep on the trains!!!

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    Fake watches!

    by alemir82 Updated Feb 20, 2006

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    If u just enter in campo dei miracoli, u'll stand amoung a crowd of tourists and african sellers! please don't trust them!
    they wanna sell u fake watches, like rolex, or different kind of gold, like rings or necklaces.
    i recommend u to not buy them!
    they wanna try to fake u at alltogether!
    so, . . . . keep out!!!

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    Pickpoket

    by flying_dolphin7 Updated Dec 15, 2005

    A friend of mine his money was stolen by the Gypssy girl. He realised that his wallet been stolen and he comfront this gypssyirl who begging money from him ealier. According to my friend there's quite big amount in his wallet. He claimed that he want to report to the local police. This girl get anxious when she heard about he mentioend" Police". After 10minutes arguing and finally this girl giving back wallet to my friend. Just be alert while you hanging around in Italy athough i can't deny that it's beautiful country.

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    Beware the Nun!!

    by huwhit Written Aug 24, 2005

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    In Pisa, beware of dodgy old ladies who look like nuns with bad backs, in long black shawls.

    They are really young girls who will use their lower height (thanks to the bent back) to reach into your pocket.

    Be alert, but not alarmed!!

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    Lookout for pickpockets on buses

    by datapanik Written Aug 22, 2005

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    My visit to Pisa was nearly ruined by an attempt by pickpockets to steal my wallet on the bus back to the airport. This gang operates around the bus stop just by the city walls as this is where the bus to the airport leaves from and their target is tourists laden with luggage and bags.

    Fortunately, I instinctively felt something was dodgy about a couple of the characters hanging around the bus stop and was able to react when one of them made his move. These pickpockets work in two and threes but appear to be on their own until the last moment. For some reason the bus driver seemed to be letting them get on and off without showing any tickets. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of them to go with this tip. Be very careful.

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  • Seedy Looking People Will Pickpocket You!!!

    by Jacqueli Written Oct 26, 2003

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    The only thing to see in Pisa is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Go there and go back to wherever you are staying (Hopefully outside of Pisa!) If you stop at a shop be carefull of pickpockets! They have good prices on scarves and pashminas! There is a cafe by the train station that has the most delicious hot chocolate I have ever had. Don't stay long in Pisa!!!

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  • Seedy Looking People Will Pickpocket You!!!

    by Jacqueli Written Oct 26, 2003

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    The only thing to see in Pisa is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Go there and go back to wherever you are staying (Hopefully outside of Pisa!) If you stop at a shop be carefull of pickpockets! They have good prices on scarves and pashminas! There is a cafe by the train station that has the most delicious hot chocolate I have ever had. Don't stay long in Pisa!!!

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    Be careful of Assylum seekers,...

    by Linky_Pinky Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Be careful of Assylum seekers, read what happened to us on a train from Como to Milan under my Milan page.
    Of course look after bags and valueables esspecially in the busy squares and on stations and transport.

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  • There is one thing I want to...

    by Daivute Written Aug 25, 2002

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    There is one thing I want to warn all the people about who are planing on traveling to Italy. Be very careful and watch your bags at all times!
    I personally had a very bad experience. In the middle of the day I was robbed! And guess by who? Two little girls! I know it sounds crazy, but at the time I had no idea that they had taken my walet out of my purse, only on the way to the airport, later that day I realized. It didn't happen in Pisa, but still it was in Italy. This was my very first and I hope the last incident like that.

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