2008

Thieves and witchdoctors

Thieves and witchdoctors

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In Johannesburg for a string of corporate shows, we managed to find and talk to three pickpockets, one of whom claimed to be reformed….

The tasteful tourist

The tasteful tourist

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Bob and I looked at each other in disbelief. Only we knew the incredible odds we’d just beaten. To stroll into Rome’s Termini, the…

Anatomy of a victim

Anatomy of a victim

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What is a perfect pickpocket victim? Let’s look at the anatomy of a pickpocket victim. I’m thinking of a couple I saw in Barcelona…

Scooter-riding bandits

Scooter-riding bandits

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Stung by a Wasp: Scooter-Riding Bandits Buzz Bob and Bambi I didn’t think it could happen to me. There was no forewarning. One moment…

Hoodwinked a success

Hoodwinked a success

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The Hoodwinked show tour was a resounding success. I’d like to credit the director, Jim Millan, for his vision and clever construction of the…

Good pickpocket victim is a know-it-all

Good pickpocket victim is a know-it-all

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Over-confidence is the enemy of travelers in unfamiliar lands. The know-it-all risks loss and embarrassment. Henry started his story with the wistful remark we’ve…

Show of cons and scams

Show of cons and scams

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Hoodwinked opened Tuesday night at the gorgeous State Theater in Easton, PA. It was the first show of our five-city east coast tour and…

Paper interviews Bob Arno re Hoodwinked

Paper interviews Bob Arno re Hoodwinked

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Theatrical pickpockets, con men seek to entertain and educate in …˜Hoodwinked’ Article in today’s Schenectady Daily Gazette

Laptops lost in airports

Laptops lost in airports

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As a very frequent flyer, I can understand that 12,000+ laptops are lost each week in U.S. airports. What’s shocking is that, according to…

Michael Pollan’s sun-food agenda

Michael Pollan’s sun-food agenda

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Last month in the New York Times, Michael Pollan wrote an open letter to the president-elect about the importance of revising our entire food…

The proliferation of Barcelona’s living statues

The proliferation of Barcelona’s living statues

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Adrian has been a living statue on Barcelona’s Ramblas for two years. He was a chef in Romania before, and part owner of a…

In memory of Holger Enge

In memory of Holger Enge

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How did I learn to become a pickpocket? That’s the most common question I get after my presentations and during television interviews. They want…

choosing the right luggage

Choosing the right luggage for constant travelers

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For very frequent travelers, the right luggage is vital. Bob and I have used aluminum Zero Halliburton luggage forever. It’s heavy and expensive. It…

Free U.S Gov. Travel Advice

Free U.S Gov. Travel Advice

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I started talking about Consular Information Sheets here. Odd but possibly vital information can be found in the Consular Information Sheets regularly posted by…

A false sense of security

A false sense of security

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To a pair of pickpockets in London, Lionel Skidmore looked like an easy target. The thieves mounted a bus, then immediately turned and got…

Retail loss prevention

Retail loss prevention

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The crotch-walk was demonstrated, just before a strip-tease, at the Virginia Retail Loss Prevention Conference last week. We do get to see some oddball…

Bob Arno on redflagging as criminal profiling

Bob Arno on redflagging as criminal profiling

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[Finally, a few words from Bob Arno.] As we travel the world every year, we interact with organized crime figures, street criminals, and security…

Luggage theft at Las Vegas airport carousels

Luggage theft at Las Vegas airport carousels

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Big article in today’s Las Vegas Review Journal on bag theft at the McCarran airport carousels. No surprise. This isn’t new. In my book,…