🔴 City with at least one stopped pick-pocket

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November 09, 2023

246 & 247th Stopped Pick-Pockets: Double Stopped Pick-Pockets On Two Trips To Spain!!

Barcelona ›   Europe ›   Madrid ›   Spain ›  

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Editor's Note: This is your 7th known stopped pick-pocket in Mardid (two in a row) and your 26th stop in Barcelona. This testimonial came to us via a Facebook comment. Addi B. is from St. Paul, Minnesota and has been a long time wearer of our apparel, first upgrading in 2017. He now has pretty much everything we make!!

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June 23, 2023

232 / 233 / 234th Stopped Pick-Pockets: Pint-Sized Pick-Pockets Thwarted Throughout Europe!

Barcelona ›   Biarritz ›   Europe ›   France ›   Paris ›   Spain ›  

Editor's Note: This is your 48th stopped pick-pocket in Paris and your 24th in Barcelona... that we know about! John was wearing our Convertible Travel Pants.

Dear Clothing Arts,

Purchased two pair of your pants for a trip across Western Europe. I Got bumped in Paris, Biarritz, and Barcelona but never lost a thing!

The bumps were mostly from young children who were around 12 years old. The best thing was that they quickly backed off when they realized it wasn’t an easy hit.

I'm going to Iceland, Norway, Israel, Egypt, and Jordan this year. Guess what pants I will be wearing!

- John W. from Idaho

June 08, 2023

231st Stopped Pick-Pocket: De-escalating The Situation In Barcelona!

Barcelona ›   Europe ›   Spain ›  

Editor's Note:  This is your 23rd known stopped pick-pocket in Barcelona and your 231st overall around-the-world. William C. has been a long time wearer of our apparel since 2019!!

Dear Clothing Arts,

I just returned from Barcelona and Lisbon and wore my CA Travel pants while not in my room. Someone unsuccessfully tried to pickpocket me on the escalator at the Collblanc Metro Station in Barcelona. He was pretty good and got my rear buttons undone and partially opened the next zipper. I didn't realize it until I sat on the Metro platform a few minutes later. He didn't get my wallet!​

​However, on the escalator, I did feel a light "tickling" on the back of my pants, but each time I turned around, there was nobody immediately next to me. On the next day, on the same escalator, I realized that standing two steps behind someone on an escalator provided near-perfect access to the pants pocket of the person in front of you.​

I have lost nearly 60 lbs recently, but I am glad to have decided to wear my loose CA travel pants with a snug belt for my trip to Europe!

I am thinking about ordering a better-fitting pair before my next trip!​

- William C. from Midvale, Utah

October 14, 2022

214th Stopped Pick-Pocket: "Didn't You Feel The Younger Fellows Hand In Your Pocket?"

Barcelona ›   Europe ›   Spain ›  

Editor's Note:  This is your 22nd known stopped pick-pocket in Barcelona!

Dear Clothing Arts,

Here is my true story!

I was in Barcelona Spain with my wife, daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters. We were boarding a subway, and there wasn't much time to get all 8 of us up the steps. This old guy was coming out with two younger fellows next to him making it difficult for us to get past. I pushed my way in, and the old man (I was in my 70s myself) pushed me back! Not my temperament to let that happen, so I was pushing past him up the steps. We all got in.

When we were in the subway and moving my son-in-law asked, “Didn’t you feel the younger fellow’s hand in your pocket?" Well with the excitement and getting pushed I didn’t feel a thing! But my wallet was inside the zippered secret pocket inside the Clothing Arts pants side pocket opening.

Nothing was lost! Buying more for a trip to Europe!

- Jerry U. from Florence, South Carolina

August 23, 2022

207, 208, 209th Stopped Pick-Pockets: THREE More Stops in Barcelona!

Barcelona ›   Europe ›   Spain ›  

Editor's Note:  This is your 19, 20, 21st stopped pick-pockets in Barcelona!

Dear Clothing Arts,

I just left Barcelona two days ago.

3 tries. Face planted them all.

- Jack G from South Lake Tahoe, California

September 19, 2021

188th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Barcelona Pick-Pockets Escalate!

Barcelona ›   Europe ›   Spain ›  

Editor's Note: This stopped pick-pocket testimonial came from a recent Facebook comment. Wes was wearing a pair of our Business Traveler Pants at the time he encountered the team of pick-pockets.

January 14, 2020

165th Stopped Pick-Pocket: We've Got Your Back in Barcelona!

Barcelona ›   Europe ›   Spain ›  

Editor's Note: This is your 17th known stopped pick-pocket in Barcelona. Since only one was confirmed, we will count the following testimonial as a single stop.

Dear Clothing Arts,

My husband Ivan stopped one known pick-pocket while walking in Barcelona. He had his valuables in the cell phone pocket and the thief only got through the flap and zip.

Possibly another pick-pocket was stopped on the Metro.

- Kay & Ivan W. from Shreveport, Louisiana

December 25, 2019

161st Stopped Pick-Pocket: Two Strikes & You're Out on a Bus in Barcelona!

Barcelona ›   Europe ›   Spain ›  

Editor's Note: This is your 16th known stopped pick-pocket in Barcelona.

Dear Clothing Arts,

Thanks for speeding up my order and getting it to me before my Europe trip. I spent a week in Paris logging 165,000 steps with my issues with pickpockets. My 3rd week in Barcelona, taking the D50 bus, a pickpocket starting working me.

The situation was a bus so crowded it took about 4 minutes to squeeze everyone on. The guy behind me looked clean and groomed, but a little shifty. I kept an eye on him when I could, but we were tight and jostled by the bus maneuvering. My hands checked my pockets and found my button undone on my front right pocket. I refastened it, then minutes later found the zipper beneath had been zipped up until it hit the re-buttoned protective cross flap. Strike two buddy!

I started eyeing him closer, bearing my gaze down on him. He uncomfortably moved a few people away further into the bus, passing the pay machine without contributing. He hung around a couple, then moved further next to a second couple. After about 3 fairly short stops I watched him exit, depositing a small black purse under his opposite armpit into an over the shoulder bag; his back to me only a few feet from the bus. Looking up and down the street first, he strode off smartly.

Everything happened so fast and I was always questioning whether I had left something undone, but I had spent the whole day obsessively checking. When he tried twice I knew the zipper had been moved. My friends confirmed they had been eyeing him and coming to the same conclusion.

While he was able to get away with someone’s wallet, I’m thankful to your company that it was not mine!

- Joe C. from North Carolina, USA​

September 25, 2019

152nd Stopped Pick-Pocket: Boy Scout Blocks Pick-Pocket in Barcelona!

Barcelona ›   Europe ›   Spain ›  

Editor's Note: This is the 3rd straight stop in Spain and the 15th overall for Barcelona!

Dear Clothing Arts,

Once a Boy Scout, always a Boy Scout. I took the motto for the Boy Scouts, “Be Prepared” to heart as I researched my travel destination and discovered that Barcelona, Spain is a target-rich environment for pickpocket thieves. I needed to find a solution to avoid being a pickpocket victim. I found my way to Clothing Arts and purchased a pair of the Pick Pocket Proof Adventure Travel Pants and Shorts. The Adventure Pants/Shorts provided me with that little extra layer of security while exploring the beautiful city of Barcelona. I found myself always checking and double-checking the zippers, buttons, and button tabs while walking about.

One evening, I encountered an open-air concert complete with food and drink stalls in a plaza. There were massive amounts of people in attendance, both locals and tourists. I kept thinking to myself, this is a target-rich environment for pickpocket thieves. I was on high alert. Security comes with a price. I purchased a tapa plate and a drink. Plate in one hand and drink in the other. My hands were tied. I navigated the crowd of people to find a place to enjoy my snack and rock out to the band. I found my way to an open spot and set my plate and drink down on a nearby ledge and performed a security check:

both front pockets: secured
back left pocket: breached

Both back pocket buttons were opened. Both zippers were still closed. The back pocket triple protection (buttons and double zipper design) kept my passport safe and secure.

The Adventure Travel Pants/Shorts are not only for traveling in pick-pocket hot spots. They are my new go-to Pants/Shorts for every outing - theme parks, hikes, festivals, concerts, etc.

The Adventure Travel Pants are domestic airport TSA friendly as well as international airport security friendly. I saw many travelers digging through their luggage and/or carry-on bags to locate their passport. The Travel Pants allowed me to keep my luggage/bags zipped while going through the airport. Passport access was just two buttons and two zippers away for a speedy and in some cases not-so-speedy walk through Customs.

One last note, the morning after the open-air concert, I overheard an upset and angry traveler in the hotel lobby. He was victimized by a pick-pocket thief (or thieves) during the evening concert. He was on the phone speaking with a financial institution working on getting a new card expedited to the hotel. I was a proud "survivor" of an attempted pick-pocket so I felt compelled to share my experience with the fellow traveler. I mentioned that the saving grace was my Clothing Arts Pick-Pocket Proof Adventure Travel Pants with the numerous secure pockets and specifically designed triple protection pocket. The fellow traveler wanted to buy my pants off me ... but he did not have any money to do so. As soon as the fellow traveler recovers from his loss, he is going to invest in some Clothing Arts Adventure Pants.

Thank you Clothing Arts for making traveling enjoyable without having to worry about being a pick pocket victim!

Ryan N. from California, USA

September 01, 2019

150th Stopped Pick-Pocket: Frustrated "Mr. Pickpocket" in Old Town Barcelona!

Barcelona ›   Europe ›   Spain ›  

Editor's Note:  Incredibly, this is milestone stopped pick-pocket #150, and the 14th overall known stop in Barcelona!

Dear Clothing Arts,

On 6 July 19, my wife and I were on our way back to our hotel from the Old Town district of Barcelona in mid-afternoon via a well-trafficked residential street (stop lights, not just pedestrian crosswalks) when we both felt something warm hit us from behind. It was a warm, thick, light brownish liquid which we immediately took to be pigeon splatter down our backs.

A “good samaritan” came from an apartment building entrance way saying along the lines of “I saw what happened. Allow me to help.” He produced a handful of small, white cocktail-type napkins and a bottle of water out of his carry pouch, proceeded to wet them and indicated that I should clean the wife while he “worked” on me. With the shock, disgust, and embarrassment of the moment, all seemed perfectly reasonable.

Despite the fact that Mr. Pickpocket had the opportunity to be hands-on-body for more than ample time to lift my wallet several times over, my Clothing Arts travel pants kept my wallet safe in my front, zippered, and buttoned pocket. The frustrated pickpocket departed empty-handed in the opposite direction of our travel with NOTHING when we discovered that the goo was a cappuccino, not a pigeon.

I will be adding a third pair of travel adventure pants to my travel wardrobe before our next trip! Thank You Clothing Arts!!

- Loren W. from West Virginia, USA

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