street crime

Pickpockets in Prague; theft by blocking

Pickpockets in Prague

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When in Prague, Czech your Wallet We hit the cobblestones as soon as we had dropped our bags and admired our room in King…

Camorra: Bob Arno, thieves, Barcelona, Naples,

World’s most famous pickpocket slams ‘blatant’ street crime rates in Barcelona

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Bob Arno, now a security consultant [as well as a comedy stage pickpocket], is the world’s most prominent pickpocket. Speaking to 02B, Arno lifts…

Street crime in St. Petersburg, Russia

Street crime in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Prowling and preying with impunity, the pickpocket pair cared little about hiding their business. Yet none of the mighty swirling masses intent on going…

Street crime in Mumbai, India: In 2001, we spoke to this pickpocket in Mumbai, who'd been beaten by his victim.

Street crime in Mumbai

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While pickpocketing and bag snatching are said to be fairly common in Mumbai, Bob and I feel a visitor is less likely to become…

Pickpockets in Durban, South Africa

Pickpockets in Durban, South Africa

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“We do what you do,” Bob told the poker-faced pickpocket. “Same job.” Looking at his blank expression, it wasn’t clear that he understood. Perhaps…

purse theft in stockholm

Street crime in Stockholm

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Beware, pickpockets are working here. That’s the first thing an international visitor sees when entering Sweden at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Face level signs are…

Street Crime in Nassau, Bahamas

Street Crime in Nassau, Bahamas

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Wondering about street crime in Nassau, Bahamas? First we witness a tourist robbery, then meet another tourist just robbed at gunpoint. We’re standing on…

Barcelona pickpocket statistics: 6,000 thefts per day on visitors

Barcelona pickpocket statistics: 6,000 thefts per day on visitors

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Barcelona pickpocket statistics Barcelona visitors experienced 6,000 thefts per day during 2009’s tourist season. 115,055 pickpocketings and bag snatches in Barcelona were reported in…

Papua New Guinea

Faces of Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea Would a slathering of Dijon tempt the formerly (?) (supposedly) cannibalistic highland villagers? I couldn’t get myself to attempt the experiment….

Street crime in Buenos Aires

Street crime in Buenos Aires

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When my friend, Stephen Kane, described what he witnessed on a recent afternoon in Buenos Aires, I begged him to write it down for…

Windows Mobile 6.5 demo phone stolen at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Windows Mobile 6.5 demo phone stolen at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

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Message to Telsta executive pickpocket victim: don’t beat yourself up. It happens to lots of visitors to Barcelona. So many, that events are starting…

Thieves and witchdoctors

Thieves and witchdoctors

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In Johannesburg for a string of corporate shows, we managed to find and talk to three pickpockets, one of whom claimed to be reformed….

The tasteful tourist

The tasteful tourist

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Bob and I looked at each other in disbelief. Only we knew the incredible odds we’d just beaten. To stroll into Rome’s Termini, the…

Anatomy of a victim

Anatomy of a victim

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What is a perfect pickpocket victim? Let’s look at the anatomy of a pickpocket victim. I’m thinking of a couple I saw in Barcelona…

Good pickpocket victim is a know-it-all

Good pickpocket victim is a know-it-all

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Over-confidence is the enemy of travelers in unfamiliar lands. The know-it-all risks loss and embarrassment. Henry started his story with the wistful remark we’ve…

The proliferation of Barcelona’s living statues

The proliferation of Barcelona’s living statues

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Adrian has been a living statue on Barcelona’s Ramblas for two years. He was a chef in Romania before, and part owner of a…

Good free travel info

Good free travel info

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When you research your destination, check on crime and security issues, too. Knowing what commonly happens and where gives you the edge. The goal…

Rome train station

Rome train station

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Rome, Italy—Termini Station serves up buses, trains, and the subway. Four long rows of ticket machines busily dispense tickets and confound travelers. Traffic is…

interviewing thieves

Interviewing thieves

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Caught-in-the-act criminals aren’t always keen on conversation. “Why I should talk to you!” some say. We’ve been threatened with rocks, hit, spit upon, flipped…

Bolshoi Bandits: more pickpockets in Russia

Bolshoi Bandits: more pickpockets in Russia

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The Bolshoi Bandits and the Crosswalk Czar In which Bob Arno and his fancy accessory spy on the Russians. St. Petersburg, Russia— I was…

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…

Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs

Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs

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St. Petersburg— The beefiest of the five Mongolian thugs shoved his fist in front of Bob’s face, thrust forward his chin, and stared. Bob…