France

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…

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…

Eiffel Tower pickpockets. Gone at night. No crowds, no pickpockets, no entry.

Eiffel Tower pickpockets force landmark closing

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The Eiffel Tower was closed due to pickpockets most of Friday. Once again, this so-called “petty crime” has affected tens of thousands. How many…

Fehim Hamidovic, convicted chief of the Hamidovic pickpocket network

Hamidovic Pickpocket Network—Fagin is alive!

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Fagin—heard of him? An 1837 fiction. Hamidovic—know that name? He’s an actual, living, pickpocket kingpin. Reality. Hamidovic, arrested in late 2010, ran a network…

Paris pickpockets: The youngest child pickpocket called for a group photo. They posed and clowned, but none of them took photos of their own.

Paris pickpockets – kids you wouldn’t suspect

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“No, no, I won’t steal from you,” the little boy says. “You’re my brother! Family! Family!” He touches his heart, repeating “family, family.” He…

Bosnian pickpocket on the loose in Paris. Pickpockets in Paris. Eiffel Tower pickpockets

Pickpockets in Paris

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Pickpocketing in Paris is out of control. Or rather, the pickpockets in Paris are in control. The police arrest them regularly then see the…

Eiffel Tower pickpockets. A pickpocket warning at the Louvre.

Pickpockets in the Louvre

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Pickpockets running rife in the Louvre—nothing new there. Pickpockets acting aggressively: in our 20 years of active street crime research, we’ve been flipped off,…

Shoulder-surfing credit-card thief—part 2

Shoulder-surfing credit-card thief—part 2

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Bob had just made contact with the shoulder-surfing thief… Pirouetting, I went to find Kun Chang, our film director, who’d been with us all…

Shoulder-surfing credit-card thief

Shoulder-surfing credit-card thief

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We started early at Gare de Lyon in Paris, on the hunt for a particular thief. He’s known for a specific M.O., and for…

Will the Pickpocket keep his appointment?

Will the Pickpocket keep his appointment?

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After such a successful meeting with Pierre the part-time-Parisian-pickpocket, our filmmaker, Kun Chang, was full of confidence. He booked a soundman and assistant for…

“Pickpocket from Paris since 13 year old”

“Pickpocket from Paris since 13 year old”

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“Dear Bob, My name is Pierre. I’m 33 years old and I have worked as a pickpocket in Paris since the age of 13.”…

Research crime before your trip

Research crime before your trip

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It was Cecily’s dream vacation: she and her family had rented an ancient stone farmhouse near St.-Paul-de-Vence on the French Riviera. Recently renovated to…