Flickr Photos Show The Human Face of Barcelona’s Victims #4

April 23, 2012 No Comments
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This is the fourth in a series of six posts – published each Monday for six weeks – showing the human face of pickpocketing, bagsnatching and robbery in Barcelona, through photos found on Flickr. Post one was here. Post two was here. Post three was here. Above photo by Jan Onym, here. Above photo...

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Photographer’s Camera Ripped from Her Hands in Barcelona

April 20, 2012 12 Comments
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Guestpost by J.P. My camera was stolen from me in Placa de Sant Agusti Vell in Barcelona at 17.00hrs on April 2nd, 2012. I was taking shots of street art in the area. I was absolutely amazed by the creativity of Barcelona’s street artists. Suddenly someone grabbed my camera and pulled it out of my hand with...

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Robbed in Barcelona Features on The Spain Scoop

April 18, 2012 No Comments
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An article by Julie Sheridan has featured on The Spain Scoop, which was partly-inspired by some of the content on Robbed in Barcelona. Julie’s article  (which can be seen here) is a good one-page overview of all that a visitor needs to be aware of when coming to Barcelona. The Robbed in Barcelona site...

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Flickr Photos Show The Human Face of Barcelona’s Victims #3

April 16, 2012 2 Comments
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This is the third in a series of six posts – published each Monday for six weeks – showing the human face of pickpocketing, bagsnatching and robbery in Barcelona, through photos found on Flickr. Post one was here. Post two was here. Above photo by Laura, here. Above photo by Anna Melander, here. Above...

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Exclusive: Tourist catches thief… tourist thrown in jail

April 13, 2012 36 Comments
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Guestpost by Kristina I work in tourism in Barcelona. A fun & rewarding job most times since I get to recommend places to visitors, share my insider tips and watch them go out and come back happy and surprised by how great this city is. The worst part of my job, however, is that every...

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Flickr Photos Show The Human Face of Barcelona’s Victims #2

April 9, 2012 4 Comments
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This is the second in a series of six posts – published each Monday for six weeks – showing the human face of pickpocketing, bagsnatching and robbery in Barcelona, through photos found on Flickr. Post one was here. Above photo by José Brito, here. Above photo by Eileen, here Above photo by Gelaarsde Kat,...

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The Stolen Bag, What it Contains, and What it Might Contain…

April 6, 2012 5 Comments
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There must be an immense sense of anticipation having robbed a bag. Think back to when you were a child, approaching the Christmas tree, nice large box wrapped in fancy paper. It might contain what you’ve been dreaming of, or maybe something better… and then there’s the second and third box… what’s in those?...

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Robberies Down on Metro, but Numbers Still High

April 4, 2012 1 Comment
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Robberies are down on the metro system, but they’re still significant highly. Between July 22nd and September 30th 2010 there were 6,346 offences in the underground. Between July 22nd and September 30th 2011 there were 4,473 offences in the underground. The 4,473 incidents spanned 71 days, which is an average of 63 offences per...

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Flickr Photos Show The Human Face of Barcelona’s Victims #1

April 2, 2012 7 Comments
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This is the first in a series of six posts – published each Monday for six weeks – showing the human face of pickpocketing, bagsnatching and robbery in Barcelona, through photos found on Flickr. Above photo by Tim Noetzel, see here.   Above photo by jasonyee, see here.   Above photo by jasonyee, see...

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Video: Barcelona’s Trileros in Action Again

March 16, 2012 1 Comment
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The trileros down La Ramblas relieve a visitor of €100. Would you believe it if you hadn’t seen it? This video was prepared by La Vanguardia. The victim – or probably more accurately, the gullible individual – offers €10 initially, but is pressured to spend €50, and then an additional €50. If the video...

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Guest Post: Robbed by the Thieves, Failed by the Police

March 15, 2012 18 Comments
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I was robbed last night while walking home from a club at 3 in the morning. I only realised that I had been robbed the morning after when I woke up at home and could not find my phones or wallet and had an unusual cut on my forehead. I phoned my bank to...

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The Barcelona Bus Contortionist – The Definitive Post

March 13, 2012 2 Comments
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We tell many Barcelona robbery stories on this site, but there’s one in particular that we are constantly asked about… it’s the case of the Polish contortionist on the bus between Girona Airport and Barcelona city centre. We first wrote about it back in June 2011. (You might want to read about it first,...

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Mobile Phone Thief Caught By Photo-Taking App #mwc12 #mwc2012

March 1, 2012 No Comments
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The fine El Periódico newspaper has a story about a thief who was nabbed when the phone he had stolen took a photo of him and send it by e-mail to the victim. The story is here for those who can read Spanish, but we’ll paraphrase it for you. It went like this… a...

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What’s the Fascination with Wallets?

February 29, 2012 2 Comments
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What’s the fascination with wallets? Why do you guys find it necessary to carry one? It’s a big awkward bulk of leather and plastic, and it’s sitting there in your pocket, taking up space, making you feel uncomfortable, weighing you down, and making you a target. It’s Friday night! What are you carrying your...

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Why Do Barcelona’s Thieves Love Mobile Phones So Much? #mwc12 #mwc2012

February 26, 2012 1 Comment
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There’s money in them there mobiles: For manufacturers, for network providers, for content providers, and for the thieves who snatch the handsets and sell them on. Today’s cellphones, unlike the bricks of old, are typically worth a lot on the black market – moreso the types of phones carried by Mobile World Congress delegates...

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Mobile World Congress Special: Incidents of Mobile Device Theft in Barcelona, Documented on Flickr #mwc2012 #mwc12

February 23, 2012 No Comments
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A Mobile World Congress special. Ten photos found on Flickr taken by people or of people who had mobile equipment stolen or attempted stolen in Barcelona. Captions underneath each of the photos below are written by the victim or the photographer. Above photo by Rene Passet, here.   Above photo by Larry Cornett, here.   Above...

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Barcelona’s Pickpockets Will Target Mobile World Congress Attendees. 10 Essential Tips. #mwc2012

February 20, 2012 6 Comments
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Delegates, welcome to this wonderful city. Watch your pockets! Barcelona is an incredible city and a perfect choice for conferences. It has just one flaw, an epidemic of pickpocketing mainly focused on tourists and visitors to the city. By following a few simple guidelines you can greatly reduce the possibility of a nasty incident...

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They Can Act Deaf, But Don’t You Act Dumb

February 17, 2012 2 Comments
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We’ve held back on this story since mid-December 2011. We don’t want to be cruel. Undoubtedly there are people who are deaf who find it hard to get work. Undoubtedly there are people who ask for money because they’re deaf because they are genuinely in need. However, it has become evident of late that there...

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Video Cameraman Pursues Thief from Metro onto the Streets of Barcelona

February 15, 2012 1 Comment
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The guy in red steals a mobile from the pocket of the guy lying down. The well-dressed woman realises what he has done. For those in doubt, the word “ladron” means “thief”. Theft aside, it’s quite a funny clip, kudos to our cameraman who ran in chase. The cameraman threatens the thief with an upload...

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If this video was shot in Barcelona there’d be no motorcycle bag-snatching.

February 13, 2012 7 Comments
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In some cultures, this is how they deal with a motorcycle bag-snatcher. In Barcelona, the locals do nothing. Have patience with the video, it’s worth the wait. (We’re curious how many people we can send to this video. At the time we found it (led by Frederico Lacerda), there had only been 154 views.)...

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Photo Gallery of Barcelona. An Alternative View.

February 10, 2012 5 Comments
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Thanks to Robbed in Barcelona’s Nicki Easy for contacting local photographer sparmtacus and getting permission to reproduce his photos of the city. It paints a sorry picture. Click on each image for an enlarged version.

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