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Vol. XXVIII, No. 583 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY September 15, 2002

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Bumpy road ahead; putting on a game face; pressing concerns; Orlando’s real McCoy; ex-con job; a PERF-ect pair; now you see them, now you don’t.
Registration blues: More questions than answers over sex offenders on college campuses.
Just say “oops”: Nevada cops mix up their signals on pot-decrim initiative.
Going back in time: NJ prosecutor’s office puts 178 years of history on display.
New era for policing: Amid 12 months of changes following 9/11, law enforcement is still struggling to find its place.
Body of evidence: Twitches, tics & blinks can say more than words, to cops who know what to look for.
Ante up: Fed auditors want Albuquerque to come up with millions for misspent COPS grants.
Forum: There’s nothing small-time about pickpockets.
Other Voice: Editorial views on criminal justice issues.

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Nothing small-time about pickpockets

     Pickpockets have been plying their trade for almost as long as people have been carrying money around on their persons. Successful pickpockets are very good at what they do. A considerable number of pickpockets began their careers during their adolescence and, after many years experience, have perfected their techniques to the degree that they can be considered true professionals.

      A number of factors exist which increase the opportunities for a pickpocket to commit a theft. Moreover, other factors exist which reduce the risk that the pickpocket will be caught, prosecuted and penalized in a manner consistent with the seriousness of the crime...