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Old 03.09.2011, 17:31
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Pickpockets in Geneva

Nothing is more annoying than discovering that your wallet has been stolen straight out of your bag and realizing when it happened. I recently was on a business trip in Geneva and got my wallet stolen by three men who "squished" me in that (awfully short) escalator from the taxi area to platform 1. It's not the stolen money that pissed me off but all the IDs and credit cards that were in there. If ever you see three men: elderly man (grayish blonde) and southeastern European dudes who suddenly surrounded you in an escalator... be on guard

I also discovered that a colleague of mine had his laptop bag stolen in less than 1 minute. He placed it in the seat next to him so he can take out his blackberry and when he looked, its gone.

So be warned!! The police told me that the incidents of theft has increased heavily in Geneva the past two years.
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Old 03.09.2011, 18:54
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Re: Pickpockets in Geneva

keep your wallet in your front pockets. much harder to steal from. or keep it in your bag. I got one of them biker bags and when there is people around I keep it on the front. Noone getting in it then. BTW you cancelled all your cards? went to the policve for your id's etc etc?
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Old 03.09.2011, 21:17
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Re: Pickpockets in Geneva

You really need urban survival training before entering Cornavin station. I keep my wallet in my front pocket, my hand in my pocket and always stand sideways on escalators there. That place is just full of dodgy characters.
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Old 03.09.2011, 21:38
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You really need urban survival training before entering Cornavin station.
Living in the jungle of Prague makes one ready. Cornavin is a breeze after that. Still annoying, though. It's a skanky place. Wear your back pack on the front of you. Anything you are holding in your hand, a purse, tote, should be zipped.
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keep your wallet in your front pockets. much harder to steal from. or keep it in your bag. I got one of them biker bags and when there is people around I keep it on the front. Noone getting in it then. BTW you cancelled all your cards? went to the policve for your id's etc etc?
I second carrying the bag at the front tactic. Also, my bag has a velcro seal so it sounds like someone jumping on a box of crackers every time it's opened. Me and anyone in a 5 metre radius would know if someone was after my purse...
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Old 03.09.2011, 22:02
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Re: Pickpockets in Geneva

I had the big shock when someone attempted to steal a girl's handbag next to me when we were on the Milano train waiting at the station for departure. The girl put her handbag at the seat and went on putting her luggage behind the seat. A hand appeared (well, I did not even see with my head stuck in my laptop), took the bag and left. The old man sitting opposite us saw the man and told her who he was when she turned back and did not see her handbag anymore. She went after the guy (the guy went out of the train). He was peacefully walking with the bag under his arm, she took the bag back, he looked at her for a moment and went on walking. She came back to the train, of course shocked. I was mostly shocked because I did not even notice what was happening next to my seat and shocked with the fact that he simply walked out of this crime...

I am sorry for your loss today. It is a learning for us to be on guard for ourselves but also hopefully for the people around us. Of course, this does not mean to become afraid of walking in the streets of Geneva.
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Re: Pickpockets in Geneva

I also had a bad experience this summer, but in Spain not Geneva.
I was in a supermarket when a guy got close by me, he had an armful of stuff and was stuggling to reach something on the top shelf. I, of course, helped him, whilst his co-thief lifted my wallet out of my bag. I didn't realise anything had happened until I got to the check-out, and then it dawned on me what had happened. I felt shocked, humiliated, upset and angry.
Since then I keep only two bank cards in my wallet and one ID. All other cards I keep in a safe at home and only take them if I know I will need them. I also only keep a small amount of cash at any time.
Now I tell all my friends to do the same because if you keep lots of cards, ID, info etc. in your wallet, if it's stolen it is so much hassle to cancel everything, get it re-issued etc.
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Old 03.09.2011, 22:24
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I had the big shock when someone attempted to steal a girl's handbag next to me when we were on the Milano train waiting at the station for departure.
That train seems to be popular with thieves. An elderly man seated near me was robbed just as he was boarding the train.
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Old 03.09.2011, 22:25
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Poor you OP! It is hard to believe this happens in CH but this is not the first time I hear about how dangerous is Geneva
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Old 06.09.2011, 16:42
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keep your wallet in your front pockets. much harder to steal from. or keep it in your bag. I got one of them biker bags and when there is people around I keep it on the front. Noone getting in it then. BTW you cancelled all your cards? went to the policve for your id's etc etc?
Thanks! I now know to keep the bag in front and be alert in crowded areas. These things happen unexpectedly and best to stay on guard
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Re: Pickpockets in Geneva

my fiance got a knife to his stomach walking through Geneva in March. 1 guy came up with the knife and another took his wallet..they took all the cash and threw the wallet down afterwards.

heard 1 out of every 3 crimes happens in Geneva! go figure
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Re: Pickpockets in Geneva

wow I thought such things are not happening in Switzerland!!!
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Re: Pickpockets in Geneva

Happened to my wife in Lausanne and a friend in Morges...Just sitting at a cafe, got it right out of their purses
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Re: Pickpockets in Geneva

Landi sell some very strong rat traps, they fit under a money purse well....
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Old 09.09.2011, 01:29
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Re: Pickpockets in Geneva

Happened to someone at Basel station. She was about to change trains, left one bag on the seat, turned round for a second to get the bigger bag from above her head and ... bag on seat had gone. Everyone was leaving the train so no easy way to work out what happened.

Police and station staff not interested in the slightest, despite leaving a woman with no money, passport or onward tickets (train to Frankfurt and flight ticket home to China). My neighbour "rescued" her after she found free wifi and posted message for help on couchsurfing website.
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Re: Pickpockets in Geneva

Happened to my colleague in Geneva... 3 teens in station, 2 started generally chatting around, when my colleague was distracted enough the 3rd one pulled the purse out of his pocket... my colleague ran behind them, fortunately they threw the purse before they disappeared.. he was more worried about the id's and credit cards, they were intact.. lost a few CHF's though...
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geez... seems Switzerland is not as safe as I thought. I lived in the Channel Islands far too long.
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Re: Pickpockets in Geneva

Wow. I've lived in Zug for 3.5 years, and didn't think anything like this happened in Switzerland. Geneva sounds more like Spain! When we were in Madrid, we caught someone trying to get in to either a pocket or a bag, every day. We took a side trip to Toledo, just to get away from the pickpockets in Madrid.
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What amazes me most is how many people on this thread are seemingly astounded that there is any kind of petty crime in Switzerland.

Geneva and Zurich at least are major European cities, home to an international and multi-cultural population as well as a steady influx of visitors from all over the place. Why would Switzerland be some island of a crime-free utopia?

What kind of bubble do some people live in?
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What amazes me most is how many people on this thread are seemingly astounded that there is any kind of petty crime in Switzerland.

Geneva and Zurich at least are major European cities, home to an international and multi-cultural population as well as a steady influx of visitors from all over the place. Why would Switzerland be some island of a crime-free utopia?

What kind of bubble do some people live in?
They most probably come from places where these things just happen, yet when they are here they carelessly walk around as if they lived in Heidiland, not in a real place, in the real world. Thus the "outrage"...
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