Generally Madrid is a relatively safe city, it has a pretty low crime rate. But as in other major cities when visiting Madrid you need to be careful. It pays to take certain precautions, as you are an easy target.
The main problem you might find yourself faced with is having your pockets picked or your bag stolen. What is important to remember is that thieves and pickpockets will specifically target visitors to the city.
If you want to remain safe when visiting Madrid or any other city around Europe then keep the following in mind.
Use A Strong Bag
Most visitors will carry a bag. If you do then make sure that it comes with strong straps. Ideally you should place the strap across your body allowing you to keep the bag in front of you at all times. Doing this makes it a much less attractive proposition for the thief to try and take it.
Keep A Close Eye On Your Belongings
Always make sure that when you are out and about you keep your belongings close. Make sure that you keep them in your line of sight at all times even when sitting down to eat. It only takes a few seconds for your belongings to go.
Go Where The Locals Go
You can improve your safety by being aware that most bag thieves will hang out around large stores. They do this because they know that after you’ve been shopping your going to look for somewhere to eat and drink. Most of us tend to congregate towards restaurants and cafes that we recognise.
Only Carry What You Need
When traveling around Madrid only take with you the things that you really need. If you don’t need to leave your passport and other items of value back in the safe in your room. It is wise to check with where you are staying if they have somewhere secure that such items can be kept.
Take Photocopies Of Important Documents
If you need to take important documents with you (such as your passport) then make a photocopy of it first. Then keep it in a secure place. Then should your belongings happen to get stolen when you are out at least you have some form of ID to use. Okay it won’t be the original. If your belongings do get stolen don’t forget to immediately contact not just the police but your embassy.
Avoid Carrying Too Much Cash
It is best to work out just how much cash you need when you go out. Then any other money should be left behind in a safe place. Then at least if your bag gets stolen you have some money left for any emergencies that may arise.
Also it is worth buying an extra metro ticket. Keep this in your pocket. Then if your bag gets stolen you can still get back to your hotel. Plus don’t forget to make a note of any numbers you need to call to get credit and debit cards cancelled.
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