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Urban Avenger

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PostSubject: Re: Art of the Lift   Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:40 pm

merged this with magician's original pick-pocketing thread.

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PostSubject: Re: Art of the Lift   Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:49 pm

Cheers, writing part two just now. Think you'll likely
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PostSubject: Re: Art of the Lift   Sun Oct 28, 2012 6:05 pm

Definitely very informative, thank you Magician. Now I know what to should the situation come up, and I'm aware of what they are trying to do. It's not a huge problem here but you never know.
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PostSubject: Re: Art of the Lift   Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:14 pm

yeah... theres a bit of a shift in crime just now. Cons are being replaced with Scams, Pickpocketing is being replaced with mugging and thefts are being replaced with burglary.

Probably explains UA's experances, lack of training.

Many would disagree but i think its a bad thing these crimes are dying out... because it's not like there any less crime, just now it's more violent :/

It's the gang culture. They haven't got any room for it. It's all about "respect" which is just a synonym for violence... There was a time in Britian when Grifting was the aristocracy of crime, American too, but the gangs rule now and they deal in drugs and violence. Most Con Artists still follow the code, which leaves us a little vulnerable
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PostSubject: Re: Art of the Lift   Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:28 pm

NEEDS EDITING/NOTCOMPLETE (i'm very tired)

These techniques should first be practiced to a level where the total lift takes no more than 1.5 seconds. Trying to gently work an Item out of a pocket will actually make it more likely to be caught than a correctly preformed technique done quickly.

Jacket pockets

Break down of the common jacket:
Two hand pockets – Car keys, house keys, phone, wallet, General information, miscellaneous items, Drugs, weapons.
Inner breast pocket – Phone, wallet, ID, Money clip, weapons
Outer breast pocket – ID, Pens, Money clip, ect ect.
Start with this because... Frankly I’m tiered as old hell and I like this one best so I thought it would rivet my attention and I could use that to finish the article.

Fanning a mark:
1: Watch the lines on the jacket; a square-ish protuberance indicates a wallet, a pocket with sharp angles near the centre will likely be a set of key’s, a disjointed protuberance that seems to be pulling that side of the jacket indicates a heavier object the jacket was not originally designed for, which in the case of a crook could possibly be a weapon.
2: Assuming the situation is amicable or at least controllable Trigger a distraction and gently (and acting naturally) pat the pocket to determine the item.
3: Mention the item you are looking for offhandedly, this often triggers people to pat the pocket the item is located in.

Hand pockets from behind:
  1. Approach Mark from behind.
  2. Place corresponding hand over pocket, (I.E right hand over right pocket)
  3. Trigger distraction on opposite side, while placing hand in pocket griping item with middle and index finger.
  4. Lift.




Hand pockets from the front:
  1. Approach Mark from front, trigger distraction and move sideways to them.
  2. Place opposite hand over pocket (I.E Left hand over right pocket)
  3. NATURALLY gesture to opposite side (away from) the pocket you are picking.
  4. Placing hand in pocket griping item with middle and index finger, and lift.




Outer breast pocket:
  1. Trigger distraction
  2. Place hand in pocket, griping the item with the middle and index finger, then Lift.
  3. Alternatively, use a newspaper or other thin sheet like object to hook object protruding, like pens, and lift.




Inner breast pocket - upright:
  1. Trigger distraction
  2. Lift jacket lapel away from body
  3. Two finger grip
  4. Lift.




Inner breast Pocket – Lowered:
  1. Trigger distraction where mark leans forward
  2. This naturally opens the jacket
  3. Trigger minor second distraction
  4. Lift.




Back trouser (I guess you chaps would call them pants?) pockets

By far the easiest place to lift from as it combines, ease of access, a lax attention, and visual misdirection as the mark is almost always looking the opposite way!

Two finger grip:
  1. Create a slightly parted V shape with the Middle and index fingers.
  2. Place the tips of the two fingers into the pocket touching, but not griping the Item you wish to lift
  3. Trigger distraction.
  4. Lift.




Cutting Method:
  1. Use thin sharp razor blade.
  2. Pinch at the top of the pocket and lift ever so slightly so that the material is taut.
  3. Slice straight down the way using as little of the blade as possible.
  4. Lift.




Bumping:
  1. Trigger Distraction.
  2. Bump the wallet upwards.
  3. Repeat until wallet rises out of the pocket.
  4. Lift




Phantom Wallet
  1. Create a slightly parted V shape with the Middle and index fingers.
  2. Place the tips of the two fingers into the pocket touching, but not griping the Item you wish to lift
  3. Trigger distraction.
  4. Lift.
  5. Immediately place newspaper folded into rough shape of item into pocket, defeating the “pat’n check” method of catching a lift (This can be used on any lift not just back pockets)


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PostSubject: Re: Art of the Lift   Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:02 pm

Thanks, and get some sleep!

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