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Pickpockets in Berlin: How to protect yourself

Tourists are welcome victims of pickpockets. Where pickpockets strike in Berlin and how to protect yourself from them.

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Berlin police warn of pickpockets.

Tourists in particular are welcome victims of pickpockets in Berlin. Their carelessness makes it easy for thieves to steal smartphones, credit cards and cash. In 2014, 32,121 pickpockets were reported to the police - around 54 percent more than in the previous year. Popular places for pickpockets are busy squares, shopping arcades, public transport and events; Pushing and jostling are the most common tricks they use to steal prey. What the Berlin police advise to protect against pickpockets.

Tips from the police

1. Carry valuable items safely on your body

Valuables such as papers, credit cards, banknotes and keys should never be stowed in jacket or trouser pockets. Handbags and backpacks are also easy prey for pickpockets.
It is better to store valuables in inside, stomach or front trouser pockets and breast pouches. They are difficult to access for pickpockets and therefore safe storage options.

2. Carry bags safely

Pickpockets like to strike, especially in the hustle and bustle of shopping and when there are large crowds. You should do without shoulder bags here. In general, bags and rucksacks should always be closed and carried under the arm on the front of the body if possible.

3. Watch out!

Be especially vigilant and suspicious if someone is harassing you, dirtying you, or trying to distract you.

4. Keep an eye on your bag in the restaurant

Never leave bags and rucksacks unattended, for example in the shopping trolley, under the table or on the back of a chair in a restaurant. Do not leave any valuables or keys in your pockets when you put down your wardrobe.

5. Don't show cash

Avoid counting bills in public. You should be particularly careful with cash withdrawals.

Where pickpockets are increasingly striking in Berlin:

- Alexanderplatz / Unter den Linden / Friedrichstrasse
- Kurfürstendamm / Tauentzienstrasse / Breitscheidplatz
- Hackescher Markt
- Parliament and government quarters
- Spandau old town
- Schloßstraße (Steglitz)
- Karl-Marx-Strasse / Sonnenallee / Hermannplatz
- Bus lines 100, 109, 119 and 200, underground lines 6, 7 and 9, all S-Bahn lines operating on the Stadtbahn between West- and Ostkreuz
- large shopping centers in the urban area
- Temporary venues such as Christmas markets and folk festivals

What to do in case of pickpocketing?

In general: the theft should be reported to the police as soon as possible. Only then can she act. A police report is usually required to report the theft to the insurance company.

Report stolen ID

The theft of identity documents should be reported immediately to the State Office for Citizenship and Public Order. Detailed information can be found in the "Interactive guide to the loss / theft of ID cards, passports, driver's licenses and vehicle registration documents". It can be downloaded from the website of the Berlin State Office for Civil and Regulatory Affairs.

Block credit cards immediately

Stolen check and credit cards should also be blocked immediately. The quickest way to do this is to contact the national hotline for blocking credit cards and cell phones. She can be reached on 116 116. To make it easy to block EC and credit cards, it is advisable to write down the card numbers in advance and to keep them in a safe place outside of the wallet. The credit card companies ask for the numbers.

Cell phone stolen: have the SIM card blocked

Whose cell phone or smartphone was stolen should have the SIM card blocked immediately so that the perpetrators cannot make calls at the cost of the victim. Stolen people should also have the so-called International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI number) of the mobile phone ready. It is necessary both to block the cell phone and to initiate a police investigation. The key combination star-hash-zero-six-hash (* # 06 #) can be used to find out what the IMEI number is. In most cases it has 15 digits and usually starts with a 3 or 4 on German cell phones.

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| Updated January 7, 2016