Secular Europe and pickpocketing

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From a global perspective, Europe is more secular/atheistic than much of the rest of the world although it does have a considerable amount of religious immigrants who have higher birth rates (see: Secular Europe and Atheist population and Global atheism)

From a global perspective, Europe is more secular/atheistic than much of the rest of the world although it does have a considerable amount of religious immigrants who have higher birth rates (see: Secular Europe and Atheist population and Global atheism).

The website The Savvy Backpacker indicates: "If you’re planning a trip to Europe you’ve undoubtedly been warned about the danger of pickpockets. It is important to be vigilant because thousands of tourists are victims of pickpockets each year..."[1]

Travel blogger Rick Steves wrote:

Europe is safe when it comes to violent crime. But it’s very “dangerous” in terms of petty theft: Purse-snatching and pickpocketing are rampant in places where tourists gather. Thieves target Americans — not because they’re mean, but because they’re smart. Americans have all the good stuff in their bags and wallets. Loaded down with valuables, jetlagged, and bumbling around in a strange new environment, we stick out like jeweled thumbs. If I were a European street thief, I’d specialize in Americans — my card would say “Yanks R Us.”

If you’re not constantly on guard, you’ll have something stolen. One summer, four out of five of my traveling companions lost cameras in one way or another. (Don’t look at me.) In more than 30 summers of travel, I’ve been mugged once (in a part of London where only fools and thieves tread); my various rental cars were broken into a total of six times (broken locks, shattered windows, lots of nonessential stuff taken); and one car was hot-wired (and abandoned a few blocks away after the thief found nothing to take).[2]

Nonreligious Czech Republic and pickpocketing

See also: Atheistic Czech Republic and alcoholism and Czech Republic and child pornography

In 2005, the Czech Republic placed second in the world in alcohol consumption.[3] See also: Atheism and alcoholism

From a historical perspective, the Czechs have been characterised as "tolerant and even indifferent towards religion".[4] According to the 2011 census, 34.2% of the Czech population declared they had no religion, 10.3% was Roman Catholic and 10.2% followed other forms of religion both denominational and nondenominational. Furthermore, 45.2% of the population did not answer the question about religion.[5] From 1991 to 2001 and further to 2011 the adherence to Roman Catholicism decreased from 39.0% to 26.8% and then subsequently to 10.3%.[6]

In an article entitled Three European Cities Where Pickpocketing is an Art the website Tripsavvy declared:

Prague is known for it's incredible sights and historic baroque influences. Although the city is considered a world treasure, it is also considered a fertile hunting ground for pickpocket thieves looking to target tourists.[7]

See also

References

  1. HOW TO AVOID PICKPOCKETS IN EUROPE — TIPS FOR OUTSMARTING THE THIEVES, The Savvy Backpacker
  2. Outsmarting Pickpockets and Thieves by Rick Steves
  3. Czech alcohol consumption figures highlight rising number of problem drinkers, 23-02-2011 16:29 | Chris Johnstone
  4. Richard Felix Staar, Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, Issue 269, p. 90
  5. Richard Felix Staar, Communist regimes in Eastern Europe, Issue 269, p. 90
  6. Population by denomination and sex: as measured by 1921, 1930, 1950, 1991 and 2001 censuses (Czech and English). Czech Statistical Office. Retrieved on 2010-03-09.
  7. Three European Cities Where Pickpocketing is an Art, Tripsavvy.com, 2018