Barcelona and Madrid Dangers - Advice needed

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Barcelona and Madrid Dangers - Advice needed
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My wife and I are traveling there in a couple weeks, to celebrate our mid-70s birthdays.  I've read quite a few horror stories about pickpockets there.  Folks on this forum have had E-M1II's stolen right out of their hands.  Many others have had wallets watches and passports stolen.  These cities are often called the pickpocket capitals of the world in the reports I've read.

I've also noted some members here live in Spain.

If I were sensible, I'd just take one E-M1II withs the 12-100mm f/4 Pro lens.  And I will take that for when my wife and I are just ambling.  I've got a Pacsafe strap and small bag that have wires and wire mesh to prevent cutting.

Of course, we'll keep our passports, cash and credit cards in a pouch under out clothes.  No wallets, watches or jewelry.

We have Avanti guides to take us to a number of beautiful places (the palace Prada in Madrid, Toledo and a monastery outside Madrid, the Gaudi area in Barcelona).  And for those escorted and special places, I really want to take a fuller bag.  I have a bigger X15 Pacsafe bag that holds 2 E-M1II's with 12-40mm and 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lenses, and a Pen-F with 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro.  I'll also take a PL 12mm f1.4 for dark interiors, and a RRS tabletop tripod.

My equipment is insured with $1000 deductible, but a robbery would surely spoil our expensive trip, at least for me.

I'll watch my equipment like a hawk, and I'll ask our guides to help with protection.  We're rather small folks, but for this trip, I wish we were hulking giants.

Any advice from you wise fellow posters here? As you can tell, I'm rather nervous.

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