Travel

Pickpockets look like tourists

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Pickpockets look like tourists, and it’s not by accident. Replete with water bottles, backpacks, camera, baseball caps, these “props” are intended to camouflage the…

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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…

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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…

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Pickpockets in Rio

Pickpockets in Rio — Anti-theft rules

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Anti-theft Rules for Rio How to Protect Yourself from Street Thieves and Muggers “Be more vigilant; be aware of your surroundings,” warn US government…

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Survey: Did you file a police report when you were pickpocketed?

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Did you file a police report when you were pickpocketed? I’ll be grateful for your response to this short survey? It applies to a…

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Hotel lobby luggage theft; hotel lobby bag theft

Hotel lobby baggage theft

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otel lobby baggage theft is common precisely because people think it is not. We tend to feel we’ve entered a safe zone when we…

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airport surprises

Airport Surprises

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Slogging through endless airports, hoping for a nice lounge, or at least a seat near a power outlet. Occasionally, delightful surprises are discovered. For…

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What are Airport baggage kickers?

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Regular readers of Thiefhunters in Paradise know that I recommend hard-sided luggage and avoid zippered bags as checked luggage. I’ve seen way too many exploded zippers…

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Sumela Monastery

Sumela Monastery in Northern Turkey

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I OFTEN COMPLAIN about too much travel. 250 days a year on the road, more or less, for 23 years non-stop. At the same…

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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…

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How pickpockets pick victims: Kharem, center, is a busy pickpocket in Barcelona.

How pickpockets pick victims

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Picking before picking Some pickpockets, Angelo for example, rifle full speed through as many pockets and purses as possible in a tight crowd. That’s…

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Seven simple rules to save yourself from pickpockets

Seven simple rules to save yourself from pickpockets

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In my previous post, I discussed the tedious and methodical research we do before slamming a city for high numbers in pickpocketing, bag snatching,…

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worst cities for pickpocketing

Worst cities for pickpocketing?

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We are often asked which are the worst cities for pickpocketing. It always seems the correspondent or the journalist hopes that we will confirm…

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train track

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 police; "Vic," a pickpocket policeman from Xxxx, visiting Paris.

Pickpocket Pickpockets Pickpocket Policeman

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No, Bob Arno was not the thief in this incident. It happened on the Paris Metro at the Chatelet station. The thief was a…

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pickpocket foiled

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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Stockholm beggars: A political message about beggars in Stockholm's Östermalmstorg subway station.

Stockholm beggars incite political daring

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Stockholm beggars, still clogging streets, store entrances, and subway entrances throughout the city, reflect a problem all of Sweden is experiencing. The beggars come…

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Venice pickpockets

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Venice pickpockets are identified on a poster taped up all over Venice. Take a good look and you’ll realize it’s pretty hopeless to identify…

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Eiffel Tower pickpockets. Gone at night. No crowds, no pickpockets, no entry.

Eiffel Tower pickpockets force landmark closing

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The Eiffel Tower was closed due to pickpockets most of Friday. Once again, this so-called “petty crime” has affected tens of thousands. How many…

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Hotel luggage storage: Who's responsible for luggage left in the hotel lobby?

Leaving bags in hotel luggage storage

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At check-out time, you call a bellman to collect your luggage. You pay your bill, then tip your bellman for loading your bags into…

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Unethical blogger's advice will get you handcuffed.

Unethical Blogger

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Steal. Drink and snack from the hotel mini-bar, the unethical blogger advises in his unethical December 10, 2014 article. Go ahead and have a…

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Shangri-La tea at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

Hotel Oddity #48. Shangri-la tea

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This intriguing basket was waiting in our room when we checked into the Shangri-La hotel in Singapore. It had been a long journey for…

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Stockholm airport Arlanda shopping: This is the way to the gates and lounge right after security at Stockholm's Arlanda airport. For years, the exit has been blocked by luggage carts.

Arlanda shopping trick—offensive

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Like shopping? Like to be forced into shopping? Ever feel like boycotting a store because of the arrogant manner shown towards its customers? Arlanda…

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At the Four Seasons Sultanahmet, a beautiful presentation of raki, the local anise liquor, to which water is added.

Four Seasons Hotel Perfection—Hotel Oddity #47

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What has the Four Seasons Sultanahmet in Istanbul not thought of? I’ve already written about its coffee delivered with wake-up call, a practice worthy…

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Paris pickpockets: The youngest child pickpocket called for a group photo. They posed and clowned, but none of them took photos of their own.

Paris pickpockets – kids you wouldn’t suspect

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“No, no, I won’t steal from you,” the little boy says. “You’re my brother! Family! Family!” He touches his heart, repeating “family, family.” He…

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Bosnian pickpocket on the loose in Paris. Pickpockets in Paris. Eiffel Tower pickpockets

Pickpockets in Paris

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Pickpocketing in Paris is out of control. Or rather, the pickpockets in Paris are in control. The police arrest them regularly then see the…

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Four Seasons wakeup call comes with coffee delivered to your door.

Wake-up call — Hotel Oddity #46

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Four Seasons wake-up call: great morning! I recently had the great fortune to stay in the Four Seasons Hotel in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district. The…

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Nigerian torture officers

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“Torture has become such an integral part of policing in Nigeria that many stations have an informal torture officer, Amnesty International says. “Both the…

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Romanian beggars

Romanian beggars

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I recently wrote about beggars on the streets of Stockholm. I observed that an abundance of beggars are now stationed in the streets, and…

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