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Old 04.06.2012, 20:31
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Re: Pickpockets using Distraction Techniques

We were discussing this at the weekend.

A friend was telling me about another friend who had a large dog and the owner was a small lady. The dog died, sadly, I think it was natural but didnt go into too much detail.

The issue this girl had was getting the dog to where it needed to be to deal with the necessary. She did not drive and had no way of getting someone to give them a lift by all accounts.

Anyway, as awful as this sounds, they packed the dog in a suitcase and opted for public transport.

Switching from one train to the next, a guy comes over as she is boarding the train and offers to help the woman. He says something like, "that looks heavy, do you need a hand?", "Oh yes please" (but cringing inside knowing the other guy has no idea what he is helping with). "Whats in it?" he said, and not wanting to get into details she merely replied, "oh laptop, shoes, clothes, my personal stuff".

Well, the guy suddenly takes off with the case as the girl boards and the doors shut.

What a surpise steal that guy had!!
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Re: Pickpockets using Distraction Techniques

That totally serves him right..... I hope he learned his lesson!
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Old 04.06.2012, 21:33
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Re: Pickpockets using Distraction Techniques

NO SHIT!!!
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Don't know if this has been covered in other posts but it was new to me. In railway stations etc. I'm usually on guard against 'traditional' pick pockets: those who steal wallets by emptying pockets or open handbags.

Last weekend my wife and I were transiting Brussels Midi station, I had a suitcase and a small rucksack, the latter hanging off one shoulder. When we paused in front of the Metro counters, a guy suddenly said spoke behind me something like "Hey, you've got stuff all over your jacket" My wife looked and was shocked to find a horrible looking brown liquid dripping down my back. I took the jacket off, placed my sack on the ground, the guy appeared again with some paper towels, helped clean the jacket. I thanked him, he left, I looked down and - you guessed it - my sack was gone! Fortunately, the inconvenience was minimal - my wallet was in the inside of my jacket and I only lost a few personal bits and pieces. Apparently, this method is called 'distraction technique' and there are lots of variations.
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Old 05.06.2012, 18:46
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Re: Pickpockets using Distraction Techniques

I can recommend the page from Bambi and Bob Arno.

Bob Arno’s Travel Intelligence

Purseology 101
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Old 05.06.2012, 22:06
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Anybody watch "The real hustle"? Haven't watched it in a while due to decreasing tv watching habits, but they show how some really common scams work. Along with nifty bar tricks you can pull to win free drinks (if you ever remember the bloody trick)

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Distraction Steals:
tonnes of thieving b@stard tekkers in the real hustle...in fact I think some use it as a training aid!
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Re: Pickpockets using Distraction Techniques

I don't know how true this is, but a friend of mine told me that when he went down to Italy a woman literally threw her baby at him (which he caught, thankfully) and then a swarm of small children pretty much picked him clean
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Old 08.06.2012, 19:30
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I don't know how true this is, but a friend of mine told me that when he went down to Italy a woman literally threw her baby at him (which he caught, thankfully) and then a swarm of small children pretty much picked him clean
Yeah, but he got a free baby! They can be worth quite a bit.
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Old 11.06.2012, 03:06
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A friend was telling me about ...
Ah, good ol' dead dog in stolen suitcase story. Now tell the one with the hook
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This dirty jacket technique has been around for a while. Another on is the guy who stands in front of you and blocks you, just as you try to get on a train. Then his mate empties your pockets from behind.

Been targeted twice in the last 3 months in Lausanne (once on metro and once on bus) last night I think it was distraction (I was to be the distraction) or the clumsiest pickpockets ever.

Fortunately I caught the guy both times, but be careful with things in your pockets. I never noticed what an easy target a phone is in the side jacket pocket.
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I don't know how true this is, but a friend of mine told me that when he went down to Italy a woman literally threw her baby at him (which he caught, thankfully) and then a swarm of small children pretty much picked him clean
Your friend is right...that crazy sh*t does happen in Italy. Cutting open bags is also pretty popular these days. I've been pick-pocketed at least 5 times in the 10 years I've lived in Rome, and it's not because my head is in the clouds.
The dirty buggers just keep coming up with new techniques!
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Old 12.04.2013, 15:52
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Been targeted twice in the last 3 months in Lausanne (once on metro and once on bus) last night I think it was distraction (I was to be the distraction) or the clumsiest pickpockets ever.

Fortunately I caught the guy both times, but be careful with things in your pockets. I never noticed what an easy target a phone is in the side jacket pocket.
what bus, metro stop and when- just to know. never had it happen to me here, but as my little one begins to travel here on his own, it's good to know.
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Old 12.04.2013, 15:55
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Beware of women (nice looking ones) who pull you to one side, and flash you with their boobs....
This is still going on. I got caught out by this - twice last month, and once next week
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This is still going on. I got caught out by this - twice last month, and once next week
I need a bigger, or at least more obvious, wallet.
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Re: Pickpockets using Distraction Techniques

It neaaarly happened to us in Barcelona. We arrived at the airport and got a train to a central station where we had to change to the regular subway system. So I am going in front, clearing way for my husband because I can speak Spanish and get around easier. He is right behind me, carrying the only suitcase we had. So we go on the escalator of the train station and suddenly it stops.

Weird, we think, but it can happen. So now we have to go up the stairs carrying the suitcase.

Then I hear two guys trying to climb up the escalator faster than him - since they carry nothing, and my husband carries a suitcase - and shouting, in Spanish, things like "Hey, faster! Come on, move!" and trying to push him.

Of course by then the wallet of my husband is nearly out of his pocket while one of the guys tries to take it away. Perhaps they didn't notice we were together, but the guys seemed to have been caught off guard when I stared at them and asked, in clear Spanish, if there was anything wrong. One of them stared back, in a very challenging manner, and said "No, no..." and moved away laughing. The escalator has a very visible, exposed and red button people can press to make it stop in case of emergencies...

By then we're very aware wallets should be nowhere near your back pocket.

The next day, we were sitting at a bar near Plaza Real and there are three american couples on the table next to ours. They seemed to be carrying lots of shopping bags and suddenly they realize a bunch of them had just been taken from inside the bar. So, yeah, we decided absolutely no more drinks for that night.
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what bus, metro stop and when- just to know. never had it happen to me here, but as my little one begins to travel here on his own, it's good to know.
the distraction one was EPFL to Flon, before the Vigile stop. Crowded metro and I was texting (not paying attention)

the other one was more blantant, on the 25 bus from Bourdonette. Guy clearly a bit off and maybe drunk, spitting a lot. No one else on bus. Should have kept our distance, but I didn't want to stereotype. Profiling would have saved me a run though

Time for both was about 8pm.
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Old 13.04.2013, 21:23
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Re: Pickpockets using Distraction Techniques

Some advice is to look alert and in some cases I have even threatened some of these con artists when they keep insisting. Had one once that got so insistent she got the shock of her life when I physically pushed her away for not leaving us alone. She had the message loud and clear when I started pointing at her and calling the police across.
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pick pockets can be violent at times if disturbed, many carry knives
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Surely, not all of them are Romanians?

So my idea of carrying set mouse traps in my jacket pockets, could be a bit iffy.
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Old 13.04.2013, 22:54
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So do I

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Old 13.04.2013, 23:27
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So despite your protestations, your are Fosters Man.
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