theft

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…

keyless car theft, keyless-entry fob

Keyless car theft, increasing crime

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Keyless car theft is possible even when a car is locked and the electronic fob is away from the car. With a small electronic…

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…

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…

Pickpocket payoff: rewarded for stealing wallet

Pickpocket payoff: rewarded for stealing wallet

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Pickpocket payoff “I think you have something of mine. I’m gonna give you a choice,” the victim said to the pickpocket. “You can give…

Pickpocket in Barcelona, Spain. The pigeon poop pickpocket ploy.

The Pigeon Poop Pickpocket Ploy

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The Pigeon Poop Pickpocket Ploy as perpetrated in Barcelona is devious. We discover the original Pigeon Poop Perp, who pretends to offer goodness. In…

Bangkok theft from tuk-tuk

Bangkok theft from tuk-tuk passengers

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Bangkok theft has gotten bad enough that police have posted warnings about theft from tuk-tuk passengers. The convenient little auto-rickshaws, ubiquitous on the streets…

Bambi Vincent in Khasab, Oman

Pickpockets prefer women. Why and what to do.

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Pickpockets prefer women! It’s not that we’re any less savvy. It’s the darn handbag. It’s simply easier for a pickpocket to slip his fingers…

Thiefhunters in Paradise. Empty pockets. 404

Theft-proof vacation travel

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Theft-proof vacation Just about now, millions of people are thinking about summer travel. For many, it will be foreign travel. Novice or expert, it…

Purse hanging on baby stroller

The Unattended Purse

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Just a little reminder to women… A thief needs only a few seconds to assume ownership of unattended riches. Those few seconds are easily…

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…

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…

Bob Arno interview on Huffington Post

Bob Arno interview on Huffington Post

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Huffington Post picked up an interview of Bob Arno from over on JustLuxe.com a few days ago. Here’s a reprint of the question and…

“Needed the money—sorry”

“Needed the money—sorry”

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I’m happy to report a bag theft that ended with a smile. Jay and Lyn Smith, of Tallahassee, took their 18-year-old son on his…

Publicly accusing hotels of theft

Publicly accusing hotels of theft

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Before a lengthy stay in a certain hotel in Italy this summer, I searched for reviews of it online. Among the raves on TripAdvisor,…

A man enters his PIN while buying Metro tickets with a credit card. shimming

Credit card shimming

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irst there was skimming, now there’s shimming,” says Kim Thomas, former Las Vegas Metro Detective, now an international authority on forgery. Information on this…

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?…

Lobby luggage theft

Lobby luggage theft

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Purses and backpacks go missing at the worst times. Like, when they’re filled with cash, passports, cameras, medications, travel documents, and laptops. Like, when…

Hotel lobby luggage theft #2

Hotel lobby luggage theft #2

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The scene: a hotel lobby, late morning. Guests sit with their luggage, waiting for rides. Some are waiting to check in. A man walks…

Theft in South Africa

Theft in South Africa

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South Africa—It was somewhat of a shock to find nothing but white lines on asphalt in the place we knew we left a van….

Hotel lobby luggage theft

Hotel lobby luggage theft

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o thanks, I’ll carry that bag myself,” Marianne Crossley said to the porter as she stepped out of the London black cab, “it’s too…

Knock-out gas on overnight trains

Knock-out gas on overnight trains

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Atul and Smriti Shah experienced it first-hand. “It happened during the night,” they concluded. “The entire compartment was sprayed with some sort of gas…

Theft on overnight trains

Theft on overnight trains

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Overnight train travel requires watchfulness. Stations can be seedy. They’re open and available to anyone, with or without tickets. They attract a varied population…