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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…

Pickpockets look like tourists

Pickpockets look like tourists

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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

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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…

Pickpockets in Rio

Pickpockets in Rio — Anti-theft rules

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Anti-theft Rules for Rio How to Protect Yourself from Street Thieves and Muggers “Be more vigilant; be aware of your surroundings,” warn US government…

police report

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

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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…

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

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

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…

theft by blocking

Theft by Blocking

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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

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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…

Barcelona pickpocket scene today

Barcelona pickpocket scene today

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In my previous post, I offered seven simple rules to save yourself from pickpockets, inspired by my research into the Barcelona pickpocket scene today….

Seven simple rules to save yourself from pickpockets

Seven simple rules to save yourself from pickpockets

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In my previous post, I discussed the tedious and methodical research we do before slamming a city for high numbers in pickpocketing, bag snatching,…

worst cities for pickpocketing

Worst cities for pickpocketing?

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We are often asked which are the worst cities for pickpocketing. It always seems the correspondent or the journalist hopes that we will confirm…

train track

Theft on a train

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Christine boarded a train in Cologne, Germany, to travel to Frankfurt. Approaching her first class seat, she saw a man in the seat opposite…

pickpocket foiled

Pickpocket foiled on Rome train

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Dear Bambi and Bob, July 26th, 2015 was a typical hot summer day in Rome. My family and I decided to visit the Bhorgese…

Venice pickpockets

Venice pickpockets

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Venice pickpockets are identified on a poster taped up all over Venice. Take a good look and you’ll realize it’s pretty hopeless to identify…

Pickpocket paradise: a tram packed to bursting, thieves squashed against victims

Pickpocket paradise: a crowded bus

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Pickpocket paradise, but still requires nerve and patience Luciano’s morning hit was tense. He had ridden the trams during what should have been rush-hour,…

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…

Why pickpockets are not afraid of police

Why pickpockets are not afraid of police

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With over two million views, our 50-minute National Geographic documentary “Pickpocket King” continues to raise questions. Here, Bob Arno addresses the frequently discussed issues…

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…

London smartphone theft bust

Massive smartphone theft ring busted in London

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Pickpockets are free to steal as usual on London’s Tube and trains, but they’ve lost their biggest buyers of smartphones. British Transport Police nabbed…

Romanian pickpockets in Romania

Romanian Pickpockets in Romania

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The pickpocket pair was plain as day to us. And we were just as obvious to them: tourists—by definition, filthy rich and fair game….

stealing credit cards

Stealing credit cards on trains

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So, we’re standing at a bar near the train station, drinking espresso with pickpockets in Naples (how we got here is described in Part…

pickpockets in Naples

Coffee with pickpockets in Naples

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Coffee with Thieves An August Sunday in Naples. Holiday time for all of Europe and most shops were shut. We bought bus tickets at…

Naples pickpocket warning

Naples pickpocket Angelo sighted

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Guest Post Dear Bob Arno and Bambi Vincent, I want to thank you for your information. Before I went to Naples I searched for…

pickpockets on rome metro

Pickpockets on Rome Metro

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Hunting Pickpockets on Rome Metro As we rode the steep escalator to the depths of Rome’s Termini Station we marveled at the swirling, pushing,…