It's been a long time since I've seen any pickpocket warnings, so I thought I'd ask those of you who have in France and Italy post-covid era what your opinion is -- same as pre-covid? better? worse? When I was in Italy in 2019 we had no problems but were ultra cautious. One of the tour members was pickpocketed on the train between Pompeii and Sorrento but since he did all the right deterrents they only got a couple euro.
Also I don't think I've seen any mention of pick pockets or tourist scams in London. Has anyone seen that? It's been 30 years ago since I was there. I did a double take when I realized how long it's been. Time passes quickly, or does the earth just spin faster as we age?
Thanks in advance for warning us less experienced and newbie travelers.
EDIT: As I read your helpful responses, I’m going to add another question into the mix: is there more pickpocketing in large cities than smaller towns and small villages? If yes, is it because that’s where most tourists are (opportunity)? Or because small towns do not want to risk their reputation on a gang of thieves (loss of tourists’ money)? Example we felt very comfortable in the two very small villages we visited in Calabria, albeit not a tourist area, but not as much in Naples or Rome where we stayed very aware of our surroundings.