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To educate the unwary, careless or merely
irredeemably stupid to the risk of pickpockets,
police forces should deploy highly skilled
individuals (possibly reformed criminals) to
frequent shopping centres, sports and music
venues, and other target-rich environments and
whilst there to steal
the wallets or purses of
The pickpocket would work with a uniformed police
officer who would lurk out of sight until the deed is
done, and would then approach the victim and
inform them of what had just happened, possibly
showing them a video, before returning their
property along with a leaflet giving advice on
This would not be illegal as in many jurisdictions
theft is defined as "taking with intent to
permanently deprive"; thus borrowing without
consent, while morally dubious, is not criminal, if
an intent to return the item in good faith can be
shown (although there is often an offence of "theft
by finding" on the books too).
wait... this is the oposite. [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Feb 12 2014]
||Maybe in a party/fundraising function where guests are warned there will be a tame pickpocket in the crowd. And that they will get most of their stuff back. And to simply yell out if they notice their wallet being lifted.
||Some pickpockets run teams of three. The "stall", the "hook" and I forget the third name. The stall distracts. The hook gets the wallet. And the third guy or gal hides the wallet as the hook drops it off as he runs by. Guests could take on the roll of the two less skilled players after a short course.
||What about allowing the cops to pickpocket whoever they want, whenever they want: they get to keep anything possibly illegal, and you get the rest back when you fill in a ton of paperwork ?
||This was a thing on the news recently. Give me a sec.
||Yeah it was in the UK too. [link]
||Spot or steer. This person establishes the mark when they are vulnerable, at a vendor or other compromising situation, sometimes by interacting with them, then signals the "stall" who stumbles into them or otherwise distracts them while the hook makes the swipe. Working alone the general term is "pick".
||If the trap rips off their sleeves, presumably that will mean bare arms ?