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Avoiding Pickpockets

Pickpocket work with a nasty bag of tricks to divert your attention.
Pickpockets can rob your vacation or business trip of its joy.

Here are a few of the distractions:

The Coin Con.

Someone drops a bunch of coins on the floor of an airline terminal. Nice person that you are, you stoop down to help pick them up. Then an accomplice waltzes by, taking your laptop or luggage.
Sexy distractions. A skirt is lifted, and so is the wallet of a man distracted by the sight. He should have kept that wallet in a hidden pouch instead of his back pocket or jacket pocket.


You may think a swimmer is drowning, so -- Samaritan that you are -- you dash into the water. While you're paddling out to the "victim," an accomplice swipes the items you've left on the beach.


Some white matter lands on your coat, and you assume a nasty pigeon has flown by. But, oh no, it's a pickpocket who has distracted you with ice cream, toothpaste, or cigarette ashes. An accomplice wants to help you clean up and advises you to remove your coat. You know the rest.

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