We experienced a new pickpocket method in Lyon (Confluence Tram stop). I happened to be standing exactly where the tram door turned out to be, but before the door could open, a young girl about 16 years old forced herself between me and the door, and then rushed into the tram, then suddenly turned around and asked me if this tram goes to the Part Dieux station. I said, I didn't know, but she kept asking the question. I was a little confused because the exact same tram had some weird problem an hour earlier where they stopped in the middle of the route and said it was a terminus and people were irritated and got off, then an announcer said it was ok, and people got back on. So I wasn't sure what was going on. Meanwhile, her two accomplices were trying get into my wife's backpack. Luckily we have a special pack with security features, and she noticed something and turned around abruptly. The three then jumped off the tram before it left. this about noon.
Some other experiences are :
- having a PP reach into someone's pants pocket as he boarded a train in a Cannes early afternoon
- the group of deaf-mute women asking for 1 euro for deaf people on a piece of cardboard early afternoon
- two short women following me as I walked extremely fast through Strasbourg and unzipping my shoulder bag around noon
- Barcelona noon, just a block from the Catalonia theatre and medieval city center, walking alone through a narrow backstreet, and coming up behind me inches away
I always have everything locked down when in the street, and make plenty of random unpredictable movements when walking or even standing in a crowd