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Robbery Pickpocket "The Art of The Game"

Retired Detective Cedric Mitchell is a nationally renowned lecturer, educator, and subject matter expert in the field of robbery pickpocket & identity theft investigations.

Pickpocketing is one of the oldest and most widespread crimes in the world. A skilled pickpocket can accumulate just as much money as an armed robber, without the danger of confrontation or risk of being identified in a line-up. By the time the victim realizes what's happened, the pickpocket is usually long gone.

Pickpockets are generally prepared for non-violent confrontation. These characters are prepared to meet you face to face but they have no intention of bodily harm. They only want your valuables. Of these, there are two types.

  • Opportunists - They watch and wait, on the target. A perfect mark, to the opportunist, is someone who appears vulnerable. These soon to be victims practically have the word victim painted on their forehead.

  • Strategists - Also, non-violent, these are the crafty ones, and somehow worthy of admiration. They create their own situations, instigate a way to get you off balance, and divert your attention. Examples: The waist pouch, or fanny pack, has become very popular, and can be relatively safe if its zipper is on the inside, against your body. But with a little distraction, it’s the easiest thing for a strategist to steal from. They practice the art of distraction.

Pickpockets and identity theft are attractive to perpetrators since they are considered low risk/high reward crimes.

Training Overview


  • Identifying the Pickpocket

    • History
    • Culture

    • Understanding the pickpocket’s mentality and behavior

    • Techniques

    • Pickpocket class system

  • Victim

    • Identify the most likely victims.

    • Recognize the target groups and target areas.

  • Surveillance

    • Intel

    • Observation

    • Surveillance cameras

  • Identity Theft

    • How pickpockets can lead to Identify theft.

    • Protection

    • Techniques to prevent falling victim to pickpockets

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