My husband and I will be in Madrid and Barcelona this September. I'm really excited but lately I've been hearing/reading that the petty crime in Barcelona is really bad. I know they have a very low violent crime rate so I'm not scared for my life but more worried that I won't be able to relax on the streets without being paranoid about being purse-snatched, thieved, etc. I know the basic safety measures (wear your bag across the front, don't carry a map and try not to look like a tourist) but my question is this: For those who have been to Madrid/Barcelona, is the petty crime so bad that you shouldn't even bother wearing a purse? Is it worse than say, NYC or Rome? When I was in Rome I saw a girl get purse snatched in a gelato shop but otherwise I was still able to walk around with a purse without feeling too paranoid.... Thank you in advance for your opinions/advice!