The Police intensify surveillance of pickpockets in Helsinki's tourist areas

Publication date 14.5.2024 12.47 | Published in English on 14.5.2024 at 12.53
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According to police statistics, there has been a significant number of pickpocketing incidents targeting tourists in Helsinki since the beginning of the year. Pickpocketing occurs most frequently between May and September, when there are many tourists in Helsinki. The peak times for these incidents are between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

“Pickpocketing particularly targets foreign tourists in the center of Helsinki. Police observations indicate that pickpockets operate in larger groups and their actions are highly professional. They are especially interested in the cash carried by tourists,” explains Chief Inspector Hanna Kiiskinen.

How can you protect yourself from pickpockets?

  • Take care of your wallet or bag. Make sure they are in a safe place.
  • Choose the storage place for your wallet carefully. Keep your wallet in a pocket that is difficult to access.
  • Avoid keeping valuables in back pockets or the outermost compartments of a backpack, as these are easy targets for thieves.
  • Place your wallet in a secure location after shopping. Do not leave your purse on top of other items
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