I have to say I have never had problems with pick-pockets. But, visitors to London who contact us tell us horror stories. People who travel learn to keep their personal items secure, especially while wandering around London. London is like any other large metropolitan area, requiring caution and attention to the people around you. My father told me that while I am in London, I am to put my money and credit cards in my front pocket and if someone gets it, they deserve it! My recommendation is to avoid purses with straps, carry money and credit cards on a pouch around the neck or in deep pockets with zippers. I wear a jacket with a zipper that zips up the coat rather than down the coat. I carry a xerox copy of my passport, leaving my official passport in the suitcase at home. The only time I ever take it with me is when I am going to the bank or to do some serious shopping. This article about pick-pocketing in the National Gallery is informative. It is certainly a HEADS UP!
The areas of concern are where there are large crowds gathered, at the Westminster Pier for river trips up and down the Thames and walking down Oxford Street. Believe me, to have your wallet stolen can almost ruin a trip. Be sure you have your bank contact numbers in case of a wallet theft. FOR ME, THE MOST VULNERABLE PLACE TO EXPERIENCE A PICK-POCKET IN ON THE TUBE. Be sure you hand is on your wallet when you are pressed together on the tube.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918