2011

H&R Block reneges on promise, cops-out on client

By

When a giant corporation closes its shutters and bolts its doors against its own client, its like a reverse prison. I, the client, feel…

Read More

Our National Geographic documentary “Pickpocket King”

By

Bob and I are thrilled to announce the world premiere of the documentary we shot late last year with National Geographic. Pickpocket King features…

Read More

Airport security belt steals

By

There goes our iPad. Swallowed by the security conveyor belt, immediately under the prominent sign that says “The tray stays until it is emptied.”…

Read More

Speeder fakes carjacking

By

“John Smith” was driving 180 kph when he realized he’d just blasted through a speed trap outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. “Knowing the police…

Read More

The Heart of a Thief

By

Does a pickpocket keep his appointments? Bob and I loitered on a corner with our interpreter. We were a unanimously doubtful trio already considering…

Read More

Pickpocket passion

By

Hamburg, Germany—Undercover pickpocket cop Michael-G is the first person we’ve met who exceeds our own nutcase-level of fascination with pickpocketry. The day we spent…

Read More

At a thief’s home

By

The shouting at dinner surprised me. It was like the stereotypical Italian dinner: loud and full of gesturing, standing up and leaning forward, voices…

Read More

Thievery in motion

By

The foot of Charles Bridge, in Prague, is alive with movement. People come and go, lounging and looking, snapping pictures, sipping sodas, eager not…

Read More

Street crime in St. Petersburg, Russia

By

Prowling and preying with impunity, the pickpocket pair cared little about hiding their business. Yet none of the mighty swirling masses intent on going…

Read More

An opportunist pickpocket—part 2

By

La Rambla, Barcelona—On observing the behavior of someone like Plaid, we label him a suspect. We follow and film, yet we can’t be certain…

Read More

Opportunist pickpocket – part 1

By

La Rambla, Barcelona—On one crowded summer Sunday, Bob and I patrolled the perimeters of the street performers’ audiences. Of all the thieves and con…

Read More

Fully warned and aware; pickpocketed anyway

By

My old friend Avis perused my blog just before her recent trip to Spain. Then she wrote me, doubly concerned. She and her 25ish…

Read More

A pickpocket cab scam

By

Traveler Tim Hopkins reports on an “ingenious cab scam theft.” Lessons learned, disaster averted I recently purchased two copies of your book, one for…

Read More

Death of a Rolex theft victim

By

We received another long email last Friday from a thief we know in Naples, Italy. Between his flowery prose on the trials and tribulation…

Read More
Cargo ship, shipping containers lost at sea, ocean freight

10,000 shipping containers lost at sea each year

By

10,000 shipping containers are lost at sea each year! From my naive perspective, I’m shocked by this number. Twice, I’ve sent an entire household…

Read More

Ghost in the Wires

By

I thought Kevin Mitnick was a friend of mine—but that was before I read his forthcoming book, Ghost in the Wires. Kevin’s the consummate…

Read More
Kaiseki: Steamed icefish on raw sea urchin

Japanese kaiseki dinner

By

You are lucky indeed if you ever get the opportunity to experience a kaiseki meal, especially one in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn….

Read More
Beijing street food

Beijing street food

By

Beijing street food Arachnid kebob, anyone? If you haven’t lost your appetite from all the lusty hawking and spitting and splatting, your stomach will…

Read More

Pattaya’s sex tourism

By

Pattaya, Thailand’s got to be the seediest, one-track party-town in the world. It doesn’t pretend to be anything else. Huge signs advertising the Fcuk…

Read More