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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…

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…

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…

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….

Chowpatty Beach, along which runs Marine Drive, where the Mumbai pickpocket was observed and arrested.

Police order civilians to arrest Mumbai pickpocket

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Our law enforcement friends in Mumbai do some creative police work. Methods that would never be tolerated in the U.S. Okay, so they knew…

A road warrior self-portrait taken in a hotel mirror

Bag theft epidemic at Atlanta Airport carousel

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Atlanta Airport Police tell a business traveler that luggage theft from the carousel is currently an “epidemic” and “out of control.” The busines-traveler-victim plays…

Phones on cafe table

Smartphone theft and police response

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Since recently coming to understand the high numbers of smartphone theft in Barcelona, the manners in which they’re stolen, and the strategic refusal of…

Carrer de Ferran, Barcelona

Barcelona bag-snatch and the lucky victims

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Barcelona police are eager to report a theft when they catch the thief and return the victim’s property—if the following story is any indication….

Barcelona police refuse to file reports of stolen phones without serial numbers

Barcelona police refuse to file reports of stolen phones without serial numbers

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Bob and I visited the Barcelona police station for information and found the usual line of victims reporting thefts. I asked a young Norwegian…

Speeder fakes carjacking

Speeder fakes carjacking

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“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…

Pickpocket passion

Pickpocket passion

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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…

Pickpocket at large in a zoo

Pickpocket at large in a zoo

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The Nocturnal Sting and the Bite Skansen, Stockholm’s outdoor museum, suffered a nasty spate of pickpocketing incidents one midsummer. Up to eight known incidents…

Officer DC, Bob Arno, and a Rolex thief

Revelations of a Rolex Thief

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“You remember that famous movie, the one shot in Naples?” shouted Officer DC. “In this restaurant they filmed that movie. The whole world knows…

Pickpocket statistics

Pickpocket statistics

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You want pickpocket statistics? How prevalent is pickpocketing? How many thefts occur in one day in New York, or Rome, or St. Petersburg, Russia?…

fake police

Fake police, aka Pseudo-Cops

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In Bangkok, seemingly corrupt police are extorting large sums from foreign visitors. In South Africa, pseudo-cops are stopping drivers and pedestrians, requesting wallets in…

Bangkok airport scam and fake police

Bangkok airport scam and fake police

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We good citizens are trained from an early age to respect authority. It’s not easy to ask a uniformed policeman for identification, or even…

Las Vegas’ most prolific prostitutes

Las Vegas’ most prolific prostitutes

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52-Pickup—Las Vegas police are suddenly, aggressively, picking up prostitutes in the “resort corridor” of the city. Armed with a deck—or a list, anyway—of our…

Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs, part 5 of 5

Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs, part 5 of 5

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Pickpockets in St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, a few weeks later—We loaded ourselves with video equipment this time, and headed straight for the Metro corner….

Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs, part 4 of 5

Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs, part 4 of 5

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St. Petersburg— “They think I robbed you,” he said. By then it must have been obvious to the cops that we were not Mohammed’s…

Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs, part 3 of 5

Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs, part 3 of 5

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St. Petersburg—Pseudo-cops!” we thought: bandits who pretend to be police. We’re about to be robbed! At the same time, I thought: no, we’re about…

St. Petersburg pickpockets

Russian Rip-off: St. Petersburg pickpockets and thugs, part 2 of 5 (video)

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St. Petersburg pickpockets St. Petersburg—we were surrounded by five hostile faces. Shaking inside, we stood firm until the men stalked off. Bob and I…

Feeding security-types

Feeding security-types

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Ever the facilitators, Bob and I hosted dinner for a few security types the other night. Attending were Jo and Willy Allison, who put…