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pickpockets on rome metro

Pickpockets on Rome Metro

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Hunting Pickpockets on Rome Metro As we rode the steep escalator to the depths of Rome’s Termini Station we marveled at the swirling, pushing,…

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Pickpockets on trains

Pickpockets on trains

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Unfamiliar fingers fiddled with the flap of my bag. I let them. My American Express card was in the purse, along with a small…

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He's got the wallet. Look at those thumbnails—polished by the inside of many pockets?

Pickpockets in Mumbai

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All these Mumbai stories of trains, crowds, swamis, the slum called Dharavi, and promises of more stories… What you’re really wondering is: did the…

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The swami on the train.

The Swami of Mumbai

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The train to the slum wasn’t crowded, due to the hour and our direction of travel. Although there were plenty of seats, the swami…

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Mumbai train platform

Riding Mumbai trains—amazing

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We bought second-class train tickets (for our thiefhunting) and rode the most crowded Mumbai trains ever. No—you can’t imagine how crowded. Speeding into the…

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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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