20 Jul 2012
Invasion of the pickpockets: As 1,700 fall victim every day in run-up to Olympics, this is how the Eastern European gangs do it .Pickpocketing has increased 17% over the last two years.BBC investigation exposes tactics of professional gangs.625,000 'thefts from person' were recorded in 2011/12.Homicides at level in 30 years... down 14% on last year.
Figures released by Crime Survey of England and Wales
Britain is in the grip of a pickpocketing epidemic as Eastern European gangs descend on London ahead of the Olympic Games.
A surge in sneak street thefts means more than 1,700 people fall victim every day -- an increase of nearly a fifth in only two years, according to official crime figures released yesterday.
At the same time, police warned that professional gangs from Romania, Lithuania and even South America who operate in capitals across Europe are heading to Britain, intent on cashing in on unwitting tourists at London 2012
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