Castellers, the human towers

Castellers, the Human Towers – with video

Castellers build human towers of intricate design, topped by little children—called angels—who scamper up five or more levels of adults, raise a hand to…

Nairobi airport security

Nairobi Airport Security Officer’s Bribe

My sister had the most terrifying experience in Nairobi a few weeks ago. “As you know,” she said to her jet-setting family members, “flying…

Upskirt Oslo Central Train Station

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

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

Millennium Biltmore security lapse

Hotel Oddity #52 — Millennium Biltmore security lapse

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

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

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

“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

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

Eiffel Tower, Chinese tourists to Paris

Thanks to pickpockets, Chinese now shun travel to France

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

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

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…

police report

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

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…

What are Airport baggage kickers?

What are Airport baggage kickers?

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

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

theft by blocking

Theft by Blocking

Similar to the Prague pickpocket teams I’ve written about but even more sophisticated, was a South American gang regularly devastating an intersection on Fifth…

How pickpockets pick victims: Kharem, center, is a busy pickpocket in Barcelona.

How pickpockets pick victims

Picking before picking Some pickpockets, Angelo for example, rifle full speed through as many pockets and purses as possible in a tight crowd. That’s…

Beggars in Stockholm

Gypsy Beggars in Sweden: Documentary

If you’re even a little interested in the explosion of gypsy beggars across Europe, and particularly in Sweden, you must see this documentary. It’s Bulgarian…