I love Málaga with its lively café culture, friendly locals and great beaches and I’ve also been told that it is one of the safest cities in Spain with a very low rate of violent crimes, but like any city it can be a rich playground for pickpockets.
Recently I took a family to the airport at https://taxiwaltononthames.co.uk/ the end of their holiday who told me that when they’d first arrived in Malaga they’d been the victims of a pickpocket gang as they’d got off the bus at Málaga Bus Station on their way from the airport.
The mother of the family told me that they usually took taxis from Málaga airport but that the queue had been so long that day that they’d decided to take the bus. When they’d got off the bus at the bus station in Málaga with their suitcases they’d taken a moment to look around and work out the route to their hotel and that was when it had happened.
A group of young girls had approached them and stood quite close. The girls had seemed oblivious to the family, chatting and laughing amongst themselves until one of them knocked against the mother and stayed pressed against her. The mother had tried to move away but the girl stuck with her. That was when the mother noticed an older woman standing a little distance apart from them, staring directly at her. Thinking this was strange she stared back.
When she later found her purse had been taken out of her shoulder bag, the mother felt that the girls’ chatter and the older woman’s staring had been the distraction the pickpocket had needed so that she could take the purse.