If have been pickpocketed, what should I do?

John McCarroll
31 March, 2016

There's not much you can do. Although you can lodge a complaint with the tourism police, pickpocketing tends not to leave a lot clues to go on. If you do, make sure you bring a turkish friend, as the cops are unlikely to speak english. Your best bet is to CANCEL YOUR CREDIT CARDS (if they got stolen), and ask your bank what the best way to get money for the rest of your trip is- some banks in the states have sister banks here. If your passport was stolen, go immediately to the US consulate, and have them help you make a complaint.

To prevent pickpocketing again, it's best to keep your wallet and important things in your front pockets or inside your jacket. When you are in crowded areas, don't be afraid to keep your hands around the area, and be cautious about any bumps from strangers. 

Sorry you got pickpocketed, hope the rest of your trip works (or worked) out!

Emergency Police Cops
John McCarroll

Irresponsible anthropologist and fiction writer. Used to be an expat in Istanbul. 

Do most of the police officers speak English?

Kaan Çağlar
31 March, 2016

What are the working hours of pharmacies?

Nihal Razı
31 March, 2016

A Day On The Bosphorus: I Am On A Boat B*tch!!!

Kevin Patnode Jr.
03 August, 2014

The 5 Drinks You Have to Try in Istanbul

Erin West
17 March, 2015

Best photos of Istanbul on Instagram

Kaan Çağlar
23 May, 2014

A Basic 1-Week Itinerary for a Visit to Istanbul

Emily Von Kohorn
05 May, 2015

Where is the best nargile (hookah) cafe?

John McCarroll
17 August, 2014
comments powered by Disqus