theft

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The unstolen luggage tag on the bag I check.

Stolen bag tag

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Who steals bag tags, and why? It couldn’t have fallen off. I had just received my Star Alliance 1K tags from United and, having…

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Keycard lock

Hotel room theft

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It happens. For the most part, it’s rare. At the risk of tempting fate, I’ll admit that we’ve never been victims of hotel theft,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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“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…

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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,…

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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…

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Common sense takes a vacation

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What’s in the nice red bag? Camera? IPod? Cash? Credit cards? Its owners are snug in the hammock, backs turned, oblivious.

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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?…

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Luggage left unattended in a lobby

“CYA” theft warnings

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In my previous post on theft from lobbies, I reported that the Hertz office had a sign on its door warning that thieves worked…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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Stolen purse leads to worse

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Ms. Shopper’s in the store when her kid has to pee. While she’s helping the little one, her purse is stolen from the store…

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Hotel lobby luggage theft

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“No 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…

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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…

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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…

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Central and East European Train Crime

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Railway mafia groups fight over territory along the thousands of kilometers of track across Central & Eastern Europe. The most lucrative connections are those…

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Aggressive hospitality

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A reader of this blog recently wrote to me and described a suspicious encounter: In Dublin, I noticed a tall young man in a…

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Traveling with luggage

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I’m sure it sounds obsessive to mention the necessity of onboard watchfulness when you fly. The likelihood of theft while on an aircraft is…

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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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