” ‘You gotta pick a pocket or two’ ”
“said the artful dodger. ” from the book Oliver Twist.
But it ain’t just historical London
that has a pickpocket epidemic.
Almost every city in the world
is home to one or more of these shady characters
who lurk in the shadows
waiting for that golden opportunitys.
Some of these characters are like magicians.
They use distraction techniques.
Others are like evil psychologists
exploiting their victim’s empathy.
Some are like chemists, using drugs to lure their prey.
Their tricks and scams reached far and wide.
这就是今天 The Infographic Show
And that is what we will be looking at
today’s episode of The Infographic Show.
As we into the world of those shady criminals,
and take a look at
“Ways Pickpockets Steal Your Money”.
They lurk in the shadows, sizing up the mark,
often working in pairs or in threes.
Almost every city has gangs of these opportunistic criminals.
But before we talk about the tricks and scams
that the pickpocket follows,
let’s look at the ways that can tell
where your stash of money or valuables are.
How does your potential pickpocket know where you wallet is?
Well, they glance from a distance,
and observe the shape of your jeans or trousers,
they will be looking for those four corners of the wallet in the trousers.
Or perhaps they would be looking at the jacket,
and ascertain if it falls slightly to one side
only to the weight of a wallet in one of the inner pockets.
Sometimes a pickpocket moves in for a close up of approach,
brushing up against you,
feeling you up lightly and retreating back into the shadows for a while.
Before judging when to make the steal,
or he might follow you after seeing you make a purchase somewhere,
he will note which pocket you put your wallet into and your plan is patch.
The worst place to put your wallet is in the back pocket of your jeans or trousers.
It’s like a red flag to a pickpocket.
It will be a simple matter
and then they just walk up behind you and swipe it.
小偷把这种口袋称作吸管口袋 或 礼物口袋
Pickpockets refer to this pocket as the sucker pocket or the gift pocket.
Some savvy citizens dwell in cities densely populated with pickpockets
可能会在他们的后口袋放一个装有少量钱的钱包 或 假钱包
might drop a proper wallet or dommy purse in their back pocket,
while the real stash is safe in another wallet elsewhere.
In fact, it is wise to keep your money in different places.
Keep enough money stashed in one sock to catch a taxi home.
Keep cash in a clip separate to the wallet.
Keep some credit cards and some cash in another wallet.
And finally use a dummy wallet.
The dummy wallet should have a bank note or two,
a couple of expired credit cards,
and a your welcome card addressed to the thieves.
Pickpockets are opportunists, and will probably only be able to liberate
one of these money sources from your person,
so spread the risk and stay safe.
Like the magician with the cut tricks,
the pickpocket uses the art of distraction.
We as simple people normally focus our attention on one thing at a time.
So all the pickpocket has to do
is make sure the mark’s attention is moved away from their wallet.
Pickpockets often work in pairs
or perhaps threes.
Two of the gang might stage a fight.
While the third takes advantage of watching crowd,
and simply pick out the easy takings.
One of the gang might push into you
然后 你们开始对峙 同时你的钱包会被偷干净
and begin a confrontation while the second picture pocket clean.
Beware of physical contact from other characters in densely populated cities.
Keep focused on your own business,
and always be mindful of where your money is.
If something doesn’t feel right
than it usually, is it.
Oliver Twist isn’t all fiction.
Children are often brought into a pickpocket gangs.
A child might show a tourist a picture
or interact with the target while an accompalished goes for the valuables.
Child pickpockets are particularly effective owing to their small stature.
They are presupposed innocence,
and they are usually not punished by law.
Venice, Italy has a reputation for child pickpockets.
One common method is the newspaper trick.
A gang of kids approach the unsuspecting tourists
to try to sell them some cheap tour’s dino
and while doing so,
they jub at the tourist with a newspaper.
The paper blocks tourists from seeing those tiny hands
fast at work, opening pockets
甚至用 斯坦利刀片 猛地划开手包
and even slashing open the hand bags with stanley blades.
If the tourist realizes what’s happening,
their delayed reaction from the shock of the event
usually allows the child thieves to escape,
and move on to next victim.
In Italy, children under the age of 14
are not held accountable for their crimes.
So even if you catch them,
they can not be sentenced.
Some women work as pickpockets too.
A female pickpocket may pretend to be drunk and touching unsuspected man sexually,
and lift his wallet while doing so.
Some women may offer to buy a man a drink in a bar,
makes it with a heavy sedative.
And she’ll simply remove all his valuable belongings
once the drug takes effect.
women pickpockets often have the advantage of surprise working for them.
Then there’s the casual criminal opportunist who sees compassion as a tool.
They will drop their bag or wallet on the ground
to encourage somebody to help.
As the mark kneels down to help, and the accomplished goes in for the steal.
Things aren’t safer at the beach.
A member of the pickpockets will pretend to drown.
And as sunbathers rushed into the water to help drowning victim,
a second or third in the team will clean up
any valuables left on the beach
by those good hearted seaside samaritans.
Many pickpockets go for the snatch and grab approach.
Some work on motorcycles as pairs
while one ride,
this second sits peel him
and snatches bags and valuables from working pedestrians.
Some of these pairs focus on snatching gold necklaces from the necks of their victims.
Perhaps one of the scariest form of pickpocketing
involves the use of powdered petals of a flower indigenous to Colombian.
This flower is known as “the devil’s breath” locally.
And it’s more commonly known as scopolamine.
The thief walk beside the mark and below some of the dust into their face.
The mark will become intoxicated by the powder
and will follow commands.
The mark might just hand over the wallet there and then.
Or even perhaps follow the robber to the ATM machine,
withdraw all their money
and simply hand it over to the thief.
Victims of this type of attack often have no memory of the event.
And the only evidence that the robbery took place is the their empty bank account.
Pickpockets are everywhere,
in all city around the world.
and keep your eyes open
and your purse, your wallet somewhere safe at all times.
Have you ever been pickpocketed?
What is the strangest form of robbery you’ve ever experienced?
Let us know in the comments section.
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