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I Left My Heart (And Phone/Wallet/Camera) In Barcelona

J.J. Stranko | Posted 07.20.2016 | Travel
J.J. Stranko

Now that I've become a source of recommendations and itinerary planning for the Catalan capital, I've become ever more aware that the city has developed a deserved and depressing reputation for opportunistic theft.

A Picked Pocket: A Piqued Perspective

Tamar Honig | Posted 07.27.2016 | Travel
Tamar Honig

I feel a forceful tugging at my hand and before I have time to register the shock of being robbed, the pickpocket hastily disappears into the crowds and I am dashing right after him. I can hear myself shouting, alternating in Spanish and English, pleading for someone to stop him.

Dancing With Thieves

W. Scott Olsen | Posted 03.09.2015 | Travel
W. Scott Olsen

I had come up the Avenue de Tourville, crossed Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, and was walking, strolling really, hands in pockets, hat tilted back, toward the Eiffel Tower.

8 Tricks To Stump Pickpockets Every Time

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 10.25.2014 | Travel

There are few travel scenarios worse than having your belongings taken off your back (or shoulders, or pockets, or wherever). Pickpockets operate a...

Paris: Pickpocket Angst and Random Acts of Kindness

Susan Kraus | Posted 07.28.2014 | Travel
Susan Kraus

Paris is too, too beautiful to be scared off.

WATCH: Keep A Close Eye On What This Master Thief Does Next

TEDTalks | Posted 02.19.2014 | TED Weekends

apollo robbinsWhat can a pickpocket teach us about the art of getting people's attention? A lot - if you can keep up with him. Watch expert thief Apollo Robbins in action and see if you can figure out how he does it.

Top Travel Tips: Your Survival Guide

Christine Drinan | Posted 11.10.2013 | Travel
Christine Drinan

We'd rather not live through five hours at Madrid's U.S. Embassy moaning, "Como se dice 'stolen passport'?" to learn that having a copy of the front page on hand is super helpful. While on the road, you want to maximize the fun and minimize the hassle.

10 Scams Travelers Fall For

Cheapflights | Posted 04.21.2013 | Travel

These scams often play on the traveler's kind and trusting nature, desire to save on holiday purchases and lack of local knowledge.

Meet The World's Best Pickpocket | Posted 03.04.2013 | Weird News

A few years ago, at a Las Vegas convention for magicians, Penn Jillette, of the act Penn and Teller, was introduced to a soft-spoken young man named A...

Fending Off Velcro-Like Vendors

David Litwak | Posted 12.02.2012 | Travel
David Litwak

A traveler walks a fine line every time a street peddler descends to sell us a souvenir in an impoverished country. How can one contribute to the local economy without being mobbed by desperate people -- and avoid getting pick-pocketed in the scrum?

Hands That Are Invisible

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 09.11.2012 | Business
Craig K. Comstock

While praising a "free market," they would thus learn to privatize the profits, and, with the help of people in government who shared their ideology or perhaps a little of their prosperity, or both, to socialize the losses -- to make the public pay for huge bad bets made by bankers.

Real Consequences of Income Inequality

Frank A. Weil | Posted 03.21.2012 | Crime
Frank A. Weil

A little encounter opened my complacent and privileged mind to a not so brave new world out there that we have to deal with and try to correct.

WATCH: Chopstick Pickpockets Feast On Unwitting Victims

Posted 10.01.2011 | Weird News

Some crooks make you fork over your cash. Others seem to be snatching stuff with chopsticks. Both the Shanghaiist and MSNBC have posted videos app...

How to Avoid Being Pickpocketed While Traveling

Frommer's | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

Think you won't be pickpocketed? Think again. You may be in more danger while traveling abroad than you suspect.

What to Do When You Lose Your Passport While Traveling Abroad

Eileen Ogintz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Eileen Ogintz

I'm still not sure where or how it happened that day in Florence. I thought our passports were securely in my purse, but that evening the leather envelope I carried them in was gone.

Downtown Pickpocket Arrested For 58th Time

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A South Side man with a history of pickpocketing in the downtown area remains in jail Monday on $80,000 bond after he was stopped by a Cook County She...

PHOTOS: 10 Worst Cities For Pickpockets

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

Your parents always told you to be careful of pickpockets, especially in places in which you're not accustomed. While in general we feel safe while ab...