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Barcelona Tackles Metro Pickpockets

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Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
8/28/2014 2:44:25 PM
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Re: Pick pockets
Terry, your comment relates kind of indirectly to the quality of life policing debate.  I think people were a lot more comfortable with the police being heavy-handed when violent crime presented a real, continuing threat in a city like New York. Now that it really doesn't--for the community as a whole--there's much lower tolerance for tough policing.

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
8/28/2014 2:40:48 PM
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Re: Tourists
Yes, travelers to bear some responsibility.  I've never felt at risk of being pick-pocketed in Barcelona, because I am fully aware of the threat and the techniques used.  Maybe I'll regret saying that one day, but if everyone was alert to their surroundings, the pickpockets would be on slim pickings.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
8/26/2014 9:28:24 AM
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Re: Bigger pockets to pick..
Toby, the answer to your question is NO. but look to our friends in Iceland, they have.

Toby
Toby  
8/26/2014 9:09:48 AM
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Bigger pockets to pick..
Would it be apropos to ask if anyone in either the UK or the US has done anything to prosecute the wide range of wall st and City bankers who have just brazenly picked the public wallet to the count of many billions and who themseleves are still at liberty and wealthy?

Toby
Toby  
8/26/2014 9:05:31 AM
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Re: On the rise
@Susan: Gosh "Every time you choose not to carry cash, you put a pickpocket out of work; Use hard cash, create jobs!" Sometimes you just cannot make this stuff up.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
8/23/2014 12:38:57 PM
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Re: On the rise
Fortunately, in my smaller size town there's no pickpocket problem, but travel and few miles and one is a bit more cautious when walking unfamiliar streets, although the downtown area does still seem safe. Maybe, with the less than 100 "regulars reported in this story, our fears are greater than the real threat. But, in any event is would surely seem wise to increase penalties and police presence in problem areas.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
8/22/2014 12:04:17 PM
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Re: Pick pockets
I think what you're pointing to, Kim, is also true in most non-US cities: The majority of crime is non-violent, and by that, I mean they don't involve weapons, injury or loss of life. I'm not saying there's no violence in European cities, but the nature of crime (and criminals) are different. Pickpockets are mostly tolerated, like the way litter or bad weather are tolerated. Pickpockets with guns or knives? That's a different story.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
8/21/2014 7:04:41 AM
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Tourists
Thats true. Tourists do alot of damage to cultural sites without even knowing, especially in Barcelona (I think that was mentioned in one of Susans blogs too). Drunk tourists are even worse, so should we accept pickpocketting as just inevitable and blame ourselves for not being on our guard more? I agree there shoud be fines, but maybe travellers need to be more street smart, afterall poverty is a big problem for the underworld in most big cities.

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
8/20/2014 12:28:43 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Pick pockets
The laissez-faire attitude puzzles me too, as in almost every respect Barcelona is a very well-run, modern, progressive city.  One reason for it might be that it really hasn't had any depressing effect on tourism, which--if anything--is booming too much for the city's good.

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
8/20/2014 12:27:16 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: On the rise
That's worth emphasizing.  You can feel physically safe in most parts of Barcelona at any time of day or night.  If anything, drunk tourists are the biggest threat.  Yet it's an easy place to get robbed.  Curious contradiction.

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