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Learn how pickpockets steal. See what they look like. Never become a victim. Start by reading PICKPOCKETS!. Read up before you travel, not after you become a pickpocket’s victim or a con artist’s fool. Turn your travel concerns into travel confidence, then hit the road and have the last laugh on the thieves!

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Upskirt Oslo Central Train Station

Upskirt Oslo Central Train Station — Why you shouldn’t wear a dress in Oslo

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What kind of perv built this place? This is the Central Train Station in Oslo, Norway. The first time I passed through the station…

lunatic taxi driver

Lunatic taxi driver — drives okay, talks crazy

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At what point do you say Stop the taxi and let me out! ? If the driver’s really crazy, how might he react to…

Millennium Biltmore security lapse

Hotel Oddity #52 — Millennium Biltmore security lapse

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I wrote about this ages ago, way back in Hotel Oddity #6, but back then the idiotic installation was in the Miami Radisson Mart…

hollywood attractions distractions tourist crime

Hollywood Attractions, Distractions, and Tourist Crime

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What do thiefhunters on vacation do to unwind from workdays detecting and preventing crimes against world travelers? We grab a cocktail, and hobnob with…

The pigeon poop pickpocket of Barcelona

Pigeon Poop Pickpocket in Marbella, Spain

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The famous pigeon poop pickpocket of Barcelona has been spotted in Marbella, Spain. Is he enjoying a working vacation in the southern coastal resort…

Bob Arno on Little Big Shots Forever Young with Steve Harvey

See Bob Arno steal from Steve Harvey

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“I’d love you to be my partner in crime, Mr. Harvey.” “Hell, yes!” Steve Harvey eagerly replied, “I’ve been wanting to do this my…

The Art of Invisibility, by Kevin Mitnick

The Art of Invisibility, by Kevin Mitnick, reveals how data on us is gathered

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Our Data, Our Selves They know who you are. They know what you buy, where you live, where you work, where you go in…

Paris pickpockets

Hardworking Paris pickpockets need $2M for U.S. visa

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“I know you!” the girl said when she turned around and got a glimpse of Bob Arno. He and I had followed the girl…

Eiffel Tower, Chinese tourists to Paris

Thanks to pickpockets, Chinese now shun travel to France

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Asian tourists have been scared away from Paris by the plague of pickpockets who target them. According to Jean-François Zhou, President of the Chinese…

Pickpockets look like tourists

Pickpockets look like tourists

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Pickpockets look like tourists, and it’s not by accident. Replete with water bottles, backpacks, camera, baseball caps, these “props” are intended to camouflage the…

Bag stolen in Barcelona cafe

Bag stolen in Barcelona cafe

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The loss of a valuable shoulder bag stolen in Barcelona was devastating to the victim. The bag had been on the floor beside her chair in a…

keyless car theft, keyless-entry fob

Keyless car theft, increasing crime

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Keyless car theft is possible even when a car is locked and the electronic fob is away from the car. With a small electronic…

Pickpockets in Rio

Pickpockets in Rio — Anti-theft rules

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Anti-theft Rules for Rio How to Protect Yourself from Street Thieves and Muggers “Be more vigilant; be aware of your surroundings,” warn US government…

police report

Survey: Did you file a police report when you were pickpocketed?

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Did you file a police report when you were pickpocketed? I’ll be grateful for your response to this short survey? It applies to a…

airport surprises

Airport Surprises

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Slogging through endless airports, hoping for a nice lounge, or at least a seat near a power outlet. Occasionally, delightful surprises are discovered. For…

What are Airport baggage kickers?

What are Airport baggage kickers?

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Regular readers of Thiefhunters in Paradise know that I recommend hard-sided luggage and avoid zippered bags as checked luggage. I’ve seen way too many exploded zippers…

A gang of pickpockets stole mobile phones and amassed more than 5 million pounds by stealing mobile phones on the Tube has been jailed for more than 30 years. Pictured is ringleader Nawid Moshfiq

Gang of 11 Pickpockets Stole Mobile Phones

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Pickpockets Stole Mobile Phones Who says pickpocketing is a petty crime? A gang of 11 thieves was just sentenced in London. These pickpockets stole…

child pickpockets, Eiffel Tower, Paris France

Child pickpockets in Europe

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French and Romanian police have just busted 18 members of an organized crime group in Romania and Paris. The gang, actually part of a…

About Thiefhunters in Paradise

Thiefhunters in Paradise, the research and education repository of Bob Arno and Bambi Vincent, is about pickpockets, thieves, scammers, gangsters, con artists, and travel. Learn how to avoid becoming a victim of thieves. Pickpockets and property theft are the travel industry’s dirty little secret. Understandably, no one wants to talk about them. Not the travel magazines with advertisers to placate, not the boards of tourism with countries to promote, not travel agencies or packagers with clients to enthuse, or cruise lines with a carefree ambiance to emphasize. And why should they? It’s just a petty crime. Who is to reveal the status quo but a stage-stealing Swede and his fancy accessory? Because it represents our passion, as well as an integral part of our career, we’ll continue to skulk underground and pound the pavement. Sometimes though, on sweltering trains so crowded I’m pressed like a daisy in a dictionary, I’ll question our endeavors and the gritty reality of mingling with outlaws. Then we’ll catch a thief. We’ll capture a slick steal on video, which will later be used to illustrate our presentations to the public and help train police departments. We’ll discover some new artifice, an old trick twisted to exploit the moment. And that is our reward.