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HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM PICKPOCKETS

Published by FUN MATES PRESS

 
 

The "art" of picking pockets is among one of the world's oldest

professions.  Author Charles Dickens' Artful Dodger is probably

among the best known pickpockets.  However, all are not

juveniles - and all are not males!

The skilled pickpocket is not the seedy character you'd expect

to find lurking in a dark doorway.  He (or she) appears about as

average as you and I, in appearance and manner.  Because they

make a study of how to "blend" into the crowd, pickpockets

usually remain undetected and can practice their activities with

little hindrance.

Pickpockets follow no regular schedule.  They operate equally

well during daylight hours as well as at night.  And if you have

been led to believe that picking pockets takes place only in

crowds, forget it!  The only known fact is that they generally

focus on the public during times when they might be carrying

more money than usual, such as during pre-holiday spending

sprees, store sales, at fairs, carnivals, horse races, gambling

casinos, near bank entrances, etc.

While many pickpockets work alone, there are also teams of two

or there which sometimes involves a female accomplice.  A team

with nimble fingers is next to impossible to apprehend.  The

first team member removes the valuables from the unsuspecting

victim's pockets.  He then secretly passes them on to the next

member who quickly disappears.  When a female member is also

employed, she generally engages the victim in conversation to

distract or delay his attention.

Contrary to what most think, experiences pickpockets do not

place their hands all the way into the victim's pockets.

Rather, the expert criminal reaches into the top of the pocket,

takes up a pleat in the lining, then makes a dozen or more tiny

pleats, folding the lining with swift dexterity between his

fingers.  The shortening pocket lining moves the valuables

upward so that they emerge at the mouth of the pocket.  The

entire act takes place in a second or two.

The best protection for foiling pickpockets is to remove the

opportunity of becoming a victim...

FOR MEN:

1. The target areas are back trouser pockets, and suitcoat and

sports jacket pockets, located inside and out.  A pickpocket who

values his freedom avoids front trouser pockets, and especially

buttoned or zippered pockets.

2. If it is necessary to carry your wallet in an unbuttoned

pants, coat or jacket pocket, be sure it contains only what you

can afford to lose.  Keep large sums of money, credit cards,

ID's, etc. in your front pants' pocket or any buttoned or

zippered pocket; keys on a chain attached to your clothing.

3. Never "pat" your pocket to see if your wallet is still there.

 This notifies the criminal of the location of your valuables.

4. Larger size "pocket secretaries" are especially inviting to

pickpockets - and relatively easy to steal.

FOR WOMEN:

1. Do NOT carry your wallet in your purse.  Conceal it in a coat

or sweater pocket where it does not show a bulge.

2. Use a purse that is difficult or time consuming to open.

3. Never let your purse lie unattended on a store counter or in

a grocery shopping cart.

If you have been victimized by a pickpocket, immediately notify

police and give the best description you can.
 

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