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Theft on a train

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Christine boarded a train in Cologne, Germany, to travel to Frankfurt. Approaching her first class seat, she saw a man in the seat opposite…

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Pickpocket foiled on Rome train

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Dear Bambi and Bob, July 26th, 2015 was a typical hot summer day in Rome. My family and I decided to visit the Bhorgese…

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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,…

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…

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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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…

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…

Central and East European Train Crime

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…