FAQ

Travel Safety FAQ

Frequently asked questions about our content, in random order

•Is the hotel safe safe?
•What’s the safest luggage?
•How should I do a hotel room security check?
•How do you find pickpockets?
Are watches really stolen off wrists?
•How is a Rolex stolen?
•How does a Rolex thief describe his job?
•What’s the best way to celebrate birthdays? (my personal take)
How do you hunt pickpockets on subways?
What’s the safest way to carry money?
•Have any rules for luggage security?
Is it safe to wear fake jewelry?
•Is drink-drugging a concern?
•What’s a grocery-cart pickpocket?
•What’s a pigeon-poop pickpocket?
•Can pickpockets steal from inside jacket pockets?
•Is the three-shell game a scam? (aka pea game)
•Why do pickpockets prefer women?
•How can I have a theft-proof vacation?
•Are they beggars or pickpockets?
•Those nice-looking boys are phone thieves?
How smartphones on cafe tables are stolen
Do monkeys steal?
How do pickpockets steal from a jacket on the back of a cafe chair?
How does a thief use my stolen credit card info?
•What’s the Ronaldinho pickpocket technique?
•What are some summer scams to avoid?
•What’s the pickpocket postcard technique?
•Where to document your Barcelona street scam
Why buying an iPad or iPhone on the street is a bad idea
•Where to buy thiefhunters’ book of thieves
•Where to watch “Pickpocket King,” the National Geographic documentary about thiefhunters Bob Arno and Bambi Vincent
How was the film “Pickpocket King” made?
•What’s it like to have dinner at a thief’s home?
•Can one actually like a pickpocket?
How to spot a thief in a crowd
Where does pickpocketed stuff go?
What is shimming?
•What is a hotel door-pusher?
•Are there some real numbers on pickpocket prevalence?
•What’s shoulder-surfing?
•Is luggage safe in the lobby?
•Invisible credit card skimmers inside gas pumps?
•What about airport luggage left at the carousel?
•Do thieves actually steal stuff on airplanes?
•How does a mugger define his job?
•How can there be 6,000 thefts per day in Barcelona?
•Why do thieves prefer black luggage?
•What does a flower gift have to do with pickpockets?
•How hotel housekeeping staff affects your security
•How do you catch a lizard?
•Should I carry my valuables, or leave them in the hotel?
•How are counterfeit fashion items made?
•What is the Cammora?
•What is a perfect victim?
•How did Bob Arno’s fascination with pickpockets begin?
•How do I book a Bob Arno presentation?
•What does cardboard or newspaper have to do with pickpocketing?
•What is “holiday headspace“?
•What’s the travel industry’s dirty little secret?
•What’s the pickpocket hierarchy?

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