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Pickpockets in Prague

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…

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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…

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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…

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Street crime in Madrid

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One day in Spain and we are bombarded with sad stories, particularly of crime in Madrid. Crime in Madrid 1. Madrid Metro: A couple…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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Street crime in Lisbon

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Thieves are thick on Lisbon’s two main tourist trams, 15 and 28. Within five minutes of arriving at a tram stop for #28, we’d…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The cozy-up steal

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Sandy and Frances thought little of the gaggle of girls who flopped onto the bench they were resting on. There were more girls than…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Midnight sun in Stockholm

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A family visit to Stockholm turned into a media circus. How did they know we were in town? First was an interview for an…

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Street crime in Rome

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In a quick visit to Rome last month, Bob and I found it pretty quiet on the streets, theft-wise. Granted, we only spent a…

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