The pickpockets' tricks, and how to beat them

Sarah Coles
British Transport Police poster
British Transport Police poster

Smartphones and other expensive gadgets are fueling a boom in pickpocketing and theft on trains and in stations. Organised criminal gangs are hitting the public transport network, and using a variety of techniques to steal valuables from unsuspecting passengers. In total these thefts have soared 16% in a year.

So what are their tricks, and how can you beat them?