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How to Avoid Greek Gypsies and Thieves

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Travel is about fun. But safety always rules the day. Imagine being the victim of Greek Gypsies, the ultimate pickpocket artist. AUGH! I was a victim and survived Gypsies in Greece. I hate to admit it. Despite my precautions, my blunder resulted in losing my Apple phone to a Gypsie street urchin. I learned several lessons, which are useful at home in the States. Beware of the gypsies or better yet beware of pickpockets!

Robbed by Greek Gypsies!!

My Experience with Gypsies in Greece

I had a premonition before going to Greece that something terrible would happen. Maybe my worries and fears attracted the trouble. Fortunately, I wasn’t hurt. The pick-pocket decided my wallet was his, and the perfect person to rob was me. The thief stole my iPhone. The little creep is lucky my hand lost its grip. If he hadn’t squirmed away, my fight or flight reflex would deliver severe street justice, Jackie Chan style.


It’s about three o’clock in the afternoon. I’m whistling a tune, annoying as it is as I sing to myself. I’m walking to the Metro station, having just returned from Delphi, daydreaming. I pull out my phone from my backpack and moments later, not thinking, it’s in my front pocket.

I’m boarding the packed Metro. Inches from the train doors, I feel two people push me gently into the train. Immediately, something felt odd, because reaching for my left pocket, my phone was gone. When I ran my right hand behind me on my wallet, I felt fingers on the top of my pocket. I grabbed the strangers’ wrist, pulling hard, but the thief escaped. The thief exited the train doors and disappeared into the crowd.


These are the criminals who take things from tourists. Speaking to the receptionist at my hostel about the theft, she laughed. She said she was from Romania. The front desk lady smiled when she heard my story because she knows all too well about the Romanian gypsies. She told me not to feel bad because even the most discriminating travelers get robbed. In fact, if one travels enough, something eventually will happen. Be lucky and never get robbed. The experience gave me a clearer understanding of what not to do while in travel mode.

My Experience with Gypsies in Greece

The hostel receptionist at the Student and Traveler’s Inn laughed when she saw my new cheap throwaway cell. Asking for her to show me how to use it, she smiled more. Too many years on a touch screen phone and my brain shut down trying to operate a push-button device.

My Experience with Gypsies in Greece


I like to go to YouTube and look at travel articles. Before leaving for Greece, I watched too many to count. I’m obsessive and worry more than I should. Keep valuables in a hotel safe while traveling in Greece.

My Experience with Gypsies in Greece

My Safety Tips

Carry your backpack in front. After the theft, I noticed the zippers on my pack were partly open. The thieves tried to get into my bag, unsuccessfully. Avoid crowded trains and buses. Always sit on buses and trains. Standing is not the best option because the thieves are pushy, and use the crowds to their advantage. It’s chaos thieves thrive on.

View from The Cliff

My Experience with Gypsies in Greece

Do not hold or use cells in public places. The thieves are always watching. Once the crooks know where to find the stashed goodies, they’ll grab it. I’ve read that gypsies use razor blades to cut into backpacks to steal items.

Money Belts

Use a money belt or clip to store cash, credit cards, and your passport. Also, photograph passports, relevant documents, and then save in the cloud for easy access while traveling around the world.

Never leave travel bags unattended for even a second. Greece is a thieves paradise. They love tourists. I must say, with my experience, they are superb thieves. Don’t give them the opportunity to steal.

My Experience with Gypsies in Greece

Buy Transportation Security Administration (TSA) luggage padlocks and use them on luggage. Everything to deter thieves is an advantage.

Do not use fanny packs or what I call “man purses” to carry valuables. I saw many Europeans wearing these items. I bought a money clip pouch made by Lewis and Clark on This article holds my credit cards and cash, on my front waist. Remember, carry just enough cash to get by for a day.

Travel Tip: Assess all travel risks before leaving home. Prepare for the worst, but expect the best.

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Hello, my name is Jim. I live in Bellevue, WA. I'm a solo traveler, who loves budget travel. Any adventure is good if it's cheap. I like to tag along with other people if they help do the planning. Drench my food in hot sauce, lettuce is my primary vegetable, I eat to live. I have no pets.


    1. Daniela

      July 28, 2018 at 10:38 am

      We were travelling in a hired car from Livadia to Athens, when a couple of small gypsie kids jumped in front of the car so I had to stop. Then loads of other children came out opened the doors and started pulling things out. We fought back but they still managed to get my aunt’s handbag, my rugzak with my old phone and my son’s passport from the boot. Broke my other aunt’s nose because she came out of the car to help my aunt who was on the passenger seat. My mum was out too otherwise they would have taken everything. My 6 year of son was out crying and saying, Mamma why are they doing this. It was one of the most frightening experiences on my life. It all lasted around 5 minutes but it felt like forever.

      • Kate

        July 31, 2018 at 10:24 am

        Wow – I am so sorry. But thank you for sharing. I can tell this was terribly upsetting. This is good to know. What would you have done differently? How would you have avoided the incident now, that you had this first-hand experience, what advice would you offer?

        • Jim allen

          August 1, 2018 at 9:17 am

          Never carry anything in your pockets while on travel status. Keep a cheap ‘drop phone’ handy in case you lose your principal device. Keep a sense of humor. Travel is constantly adjusting and solving problems.

    2. Kim

      November 6, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      I had a horrible experience in October on the last day out of Athens taking the metro to catch a bus to Delphi. I am usually well prepared but this time I was tied up the month before looking after sick relatives and my partner was not interested in stitching an inside pocket for my items. I, for once wore a pair of lightweight shorts where I had my Galaxy Note phone loaded with all necessary travel details. A young lady jostled me with her muscular middle-aged male accomplice and got on then immediately off the train. My phone was gone in a momentary lapse of attention. 2 other scruffy gypsies tried to pretend to pass my backpack inside as I was too close to a crowded door until my partner yelled at them and snatched it back. Reporting the loss to Greek police at the next town Delphi was a pain. I was directed to Arachova, about 18 Km away and the police there asked me to get a form from the Museum !. They were not PC savvy and did not give me a reference to the lodged report. It’s like the Keystone cops in action. So a lesson to all – keep away from the metro, crowded areas and dark alleys. Athens is not a particularly relaxing place when you are a stranger to the city. I had more fun travelling in Asia.

      • Kate

        November 7, 2017 at 7:30 am

        thanks for your comment Kim! I just had an interesting experience with gypsies in Poland. They put their children on the street to with an instrument the child couldn’t play. They hoped the hotel would pay them to go away. Poland is an EU country, children cant be put on the street, and used this way, its child abuse. But they did. The Polish police explained this to them and escorted them out of old town, Warsaw.

    3. Rhonda Brown

      October 13, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Another very informative post. This is an excellent website to peruse before travel on many subjects. Good first-hand information! Thank you.

      • Jim Allen

        October 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm

        Hi Rhonda,
        Thanks for reading my post!


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