Purses and Watches Pickpocketing Technique
by White Taipan
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To perform this unique strategy of pickpocketing people, basic knowledge of how to pickpocket is highly recommended. You must need to know what a pickpocket is and how a pickpocket mind works.
The first thing to do is find yourself a partner that you can share a high level of trust with. After all, you don't want one of you to do all the work and have the other run off with the goods, do you? Once you have a partner, you need to figure out which one will distract the target and which one will snatch the goods. Be honest with each other and assess your strengths and weaknesses.
Now that you know your role, its time to find a target. Its best to single out a solo target, but if you are nimble and have a lot of experience, two targets are safe. Your target must be sitting at a restaurant or cafe by the window. The disractor will go up to the window and tap on the glass or wave to get the victim's attention. Once you have the victim's attention, use hand signals to ask for the time. Make sure to pretend that you don't understand them at all. Work the victim up to doing a dumb-show pantomime. Have some fun, become a short-sighted, half-deaf tourist whom has no languages in common with the victim.
While the victim is being distracted by your partner, walk past the victim's table and grab the target goods. You must move fast so no one sees what has happened. Once the goods are secured, your partner can suddenly understand what time it is, thank the victim, and leave the scene.
Before going into action, both partners should practice up on asking people for the time. Remember not to do the same thing in the same place over and over, or employees may notice your behavior. Fine tuned, this technique should only take about seven seconds to perform.