Pick Pockets, Verona
This is Portoni della Bra, the City Gate - entrance into the Centro Storico of Verona. This part of the town is very crowded with thousands of tourists, also it is crowded with pickpockets too.
Be very careful when entering in the Arena, standing in front of it surrounded with the crowd or strolling in Via Mazzani.
I would suggest keeping a separate purse/pockets for 'shrapnel' an assortment of small change 1c 5c coins which one can scatter on the ground when surrounded by miscreants/thieves and then beat a hasty retreat.
We were warned by a tour guide to keep an eye on our bags, since there were pickpockets lurking about. Apparently this is quite common in Verona, and the tour guide had no hesitancy in announcing to everyone we passed, that the pick pockets were around.
The one that I spotted was a young male, dressed in a t-shirt with blue jeans, and looking of hispanic origin. He certainly would have fit in here in my home town, so I never gave him a second thought. We were near the Santa Maria Antica church, looking at the monuments and architecture when this particular man was spotted by our guide. We were later told that this young man was one of about six who were scoping out the toursits that day.
If a stranger gets close to you, turn and make eye contact, and hold onto your bags!
While you enjoy your journey, other people are working !
Like everywhere... look out your bags !
Places prefered are close to the house of Juliet and Via Mazzini.
Don't stop to see the "three boxes" or "three cards" players: they are there for your money !
in the main walking streets and squares of verona you will usually find groups of little kids asking you for money and crowding around you and emptying your pockets.... sometimes they come with a woman who will talk to you while the kids take everything they can... do not keep your wallet behind you (in a rucksack or pocket) ... even if you think they'll never reach in your pockets without you realizing THINK TWICE! and never let them crowd around you!