"Pickpocket, Naples," by Angela Leighton

The New Yorker

Lost for a subject, and missing a turn among flaking billboards, unemptied bins, pickings for a light touch, legerdemain, there's an angel's wing flexed at my back-- this artist's quick impersonal tap, his opportune grace to feel and lift the obscure object, sweep and scarper, to dance for a living, no one the wiser, Or think another: I walk in a dream past double-parked lots, boarded-up shops, a drab street market hustling its cheap stuff, and chase the ghost of a child that has run out of time forever--memory's vagrant, aberrant self--and so miss the touch of a loss left freely at my back, an absent given, reimaginable fact--



Mobile phones could soon protect themselves against pickpockets

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The new technology, created by Ericsson, will be able to tell if someone other than the owner is attempting to pick it up using just their heartbeat. The Swedish company explained in their patent application: 'In this mode, the unauthorised user would have a more difficult time gripping the device.' The same technology, dubbed'adaptive friction', will also help stop users from dropping their expensive phones and smashing the screens. Mobile phones could soon protect themselves against pickpockets by detecting thieves and vibrating rapidly so they can't get a grip on the device. The phone may then be pre-programmed to enter different modes, detailed in the patent as'transition away from storage', 'in use', and'transition to storage'.


Serial pickpocket jailed after 153rd offense

FOX News

After 153 strikes, a British serial thief dubbed by the media as the "Pickpocket Queen of Birmingham" is finally out. Margaret Johnson was sentenced to 30 months in the slammer after admitting to six thefts Friday in front of a court in Birmingham, the BBC reported. The 40-year-old – who has no fixed address – has 153 offenses to her name, 93 of which are theft. Johnson's targets included an elderly woman looking after her grandson who has Down Syndrome, and a heavily-pregnant shopper, police said. Video surveillance of Johnson caught her stalking victims and in one instance, she stole a handbag just six days after being released from prison in January, the BBC reported.


SCOTTeVEST: How To Foil Pickpockets & Airline Carry On Rules

Forbes - Tech

There's a good chance that you've seen vests from SCOTTeVEST advertised and promoted for years. The overall premise is an intriguing one. The vest is a piece of travel clothing with multiple pockets, some of them quite hidden and ingenious indeed, designed to foil pick pockets and to provide you with ample places to stash your travel items. Like your wallet, your passport, train tickets and pretty much anything else you want to keep close to your person. It's an idea that has come to make more sense over time, given the draconian restrictions that we all have to deal with in airline carry-on situations.