There is a lot of talk about pickpockets in Lisbon, but you are not told how to spot them, how they act, who they are and above all where you are most likely (or not) to come across them...
Go to the tourist police to report the incident. The officers speak English. They will do everything to help you with your complaint. Here is the address of the Tourist Police in Lisbon :
Praça dos Restauradores - Palácio Foz, 1250-187 Lisboa
I'll add the phone but they will tell you to go to the above address : 00 351 213 421 623
That the robbers, as is often the case, keep the cash and dispose of your belongings in the nearest rubbish bin, a little alley, a discreet corner... And that a kind soul who stumbles upon it calls the police to return the found documents. This happens in many cases ! Don't hesitate to leave a telephone number in your wallet. If you don't do anything, then your papers will stay in Portugal.
If you don’t want to be a victim of these bandits, you can use this investigation to :
Why are there so many pickpockets in Lisbon ? It's a fact, there are many of them and they slip through the net all the time. The police arrest them and let them go if they don't do anything serious. So they know them, they are all on the register. The authorities have their home addresses, but nothing can be done about such a minor offence.
The police have other things to worry about ! Your vigilance is the only way to stop them.
Click here to see a map where you can find pickpockets in Lisbon, the whole area is at risk but they are mostly at the marks.
This map of Lisbon lists places that pickpockets particularly appreciate because of the steepness of the streets, their narrowness which allows for a tourist density, the interesting environment which diverts your attention...
Streets and places by districts :
This problem is not new and has many victims with common characteristics :
Our scoundrels like to blend in... Their clothes are common, but above all, they pretend to be tourists : fake selfies, gestures pointing out the beautiful panoramas and a map of Lisbon in hand (which they only look at while walking and an eye on the surrounding backpacks).
To spot them, here are some key details :
Here are some portraits of some pickpockets in Lisbon :