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Although violent muggings are practically unheard-of in Barcelona, petty thievery is common. Handbags, backpacks, camera cases, and wallets are favorite targets, so tuck those away. Coat pockets with zippers work well for indispensable gear, while cash and a few credit cards wedged into a front trouser pocket are almost unassailable. Handbags hooked over chairs, on the floor or sidewalk under your feet, or dangling from hooks under bars are easy prey. Even a loosely carried bag is tempting for bag-snatchers. If you carry a purse, use one with a short strap that tucks tightly under your arm without room for nimble hands to unzip. A plastic shopping bag for your essentials will attract even less attention.