According to Shanghai Daily, the “anti-pickpocketing map” was made to highlight theft hotspots in the days leading up to the Spring Festival (a notable peak time for crime). The creators of the map collected observations and experiences of theft from its users and marked the most high frequency crime scenes with red tags.
So what are the most crime-ridden areas of Shanghai? The map is to the right (click through for a larger version)
Unfortunately, it seems like ALL OF SHANGHAI is a danger zone. Basically, as long as you’re in a crowded area (a.k.a. everywhere in Shanghai), you’re at risk of being pickpocketed. Yeesh. Time to sew in that extra wallet pocket to the inner part of your jacket, methinks.