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    So i went to coachella weekend 1 and seen something iv never seen before. not trying to sound racist but there was a group of small Asian girls and guys moving through the crowds at coachella PICKPOCKETING people at the Sets that got really crowded. i was lucky enough to catch one the girls with HER HAND IN MY POCKET at the Empire of the sun set at the sahara and alert everyone around us that they were trying to steal from them. They were short enough to where they could just slip there hand in your pockets as they passed by you shuffling through the crowd. BEWARE OF PICK POCKETS!!!

    id hate to see people have their coachella ruined by some a-holes


    TL;DR - Be careful of pick pockets at crowded sets


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    Yes, I felt someone's hand in my back pocket, too. Fortunately I had moved my wallet to the front pocket.
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    Who doesn't take picket pockets into consideration when in a public place?
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    The atmosphere is a pick pockets dream come true. Another variation of this I witnessed at Roo one year. They had a ball and cup game going (or some other distraction to get people crowded in) As they were placing bets and distracted by the game they were unzipping backpacks and taking valuables literally right off peoples backs. I didn't notice it either until the security (if thats who they even were) broke up the game. As people walked away some kid realized he had just been picked out of all his cash as he watched the game. You have to be really alert they are incredibly good at this. Don't keep all your cash or cards on you at once.
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    I had my phone stolen from the Sahara 4 years ago like this...

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    It was in the small pocket of a backpack and someone unzipped it and took it..

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    Wear your backpacks on your stomach in crowds. Its way easier to mover through a crowd like that with one anyway and not obnoxiously bumping into people with it on your back. They can't take anything out if you rest it at your feet or sitting on your stomach. They love to target backpacks because there is very little chance your going to feel them getting into it.
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    I thought I felt something on my back pocket too. But they were just trying to grope me.

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    The thread title sounds like a song in Marry Poppins. Pick pockets, PICK POCKETS?! Pocket away, away. Laaa deee laaa dee laaaa
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    Quote Originally Posted by volume16 View Post
    So i went to coachella weekend 1 and seen something iv never seen before. not trying to sound racist but there was a group of small Asian girls and guys moving through the crowds at coachella PICKPOCKETING people at the Sets that got really crowded. i was lucky enough to catch one the girls with HER HAND IN MY POCKET at the Empire of the sun set at the sahara and alert everyone around us that they were trying to steal from them. They were short enough to where they could just slip there hand in your pockets as they passed by you shuffling through the crowd. BEWARE OF PICK POCKETS!!!

    id hate to see people have their coachella ruined by some a-holes


    TL;DR - Be careful of pick pockets at crowded sets


    PS - Mods if you can sticky this post or write a general summary for the coachella community that would be great !
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    Also, a tip for a backpack. Don't zip so both tabs are at the top. Have it zipped so both tabs are at the bottom of the left or right side. That way they need to unzip from the bottom around to the top to get access to the goods.

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    were they small dark little asian gremlins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saydo View Post
    Also, a tip for a backpack. Don't zip so both tabs are at the top. Have it zipped so both tabs are at the bottom of the left or right side. That way they need to unzip from the bottom around to the top to get access to the goods.
    Zip it so the zippers are tucked into the bag if you can't lock it, so it's slightly more difficult and noticeable to you if tampered with. It's just really easy to disregard or leave behind a backpack or fanny pack if that's not something you carry on your person regularly anyway.

    Wear cargo shorts so you can put your valuables within sight, even while grooving, or perhaps ask a lady friend to carry it in her purse/ a male friend to carry it in his extra pockets.

    As previously stated, it's sort of stupid to go in without preparing for this. Large crowds attract every kind of people. Go with it, and have fun. If your slate is clean, your wallet may turn up at lost and found (-$$$), but maybe not. Sometimes it works that way. I could tell you more, but this is just the jacket to the book. #BuyTheTicketTakeTheRide

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    Yeah I had my friend have her sunglasses and money stolen out of her purse in the Sahara over the weekend, that made me fucking angry to see what this supposedly "accepting" and "PLUR" crowd really consists of.
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    And I felt pretty funny wearing a fanny pack…
    But good to know it will be right in front of me at all times.
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    that really sucks. i recommend drawstring bags. i can't get through festivals without some sort of bag. at least with a draw string, you have to take it off to open it.
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    Cargo shorts are what I do. They may look lame, but you're unlikely to get pick pocketed from the front.
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    my friend puts a tsa combination lock on the zippers of his backpack

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanfairchild View Post
    Cargo shorts are what I do. They may look lame, but you're unlikely to get pick pocketed from the front.
    cargo shorts do not look lame. they are fucking genius.
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    Someone tried to take my backpack off of me! Was walking out of the Mojave at night and stopped to light up a smoke when i felt the bag get lifted then pulled. They never made it over my head, I held onto the strap (it is a crossover bag with one strap) and looked back then the kid ran off. After that point my bag was on my side or belly for the rest of the weekend. Never have I been so sketched out about getting robbed.
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    Thank you so much for posting this warning. It is so easy to think that you are safe and nothing will happen at Coachella but the reality is that not everyone at Coachella is there "just to have fun." I will be more alert and aware for myself and my group but also for others in general. Look out for your fellow Festival Goer and hopefully they will do the same and always remember that a little bit of common sense goes a really long way.

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    Be wary of the trash management people, I've seen numerous shady workers during the night. Thankfully they have numbers this year so they can be identified and reported to whoever is in charge.

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    Yeah you definitely need to be aware of where your valuables are throught the day. I usually keep my camera and phone in my back pockets for easy access during the day, but at night they get switched to front pockets. I also carry a drawstring bag that I tie up at night and also switch to the front of my body in packed crowds. It kinda makes me look like a crazy pregnant dancing hippie or something, but I know no one has any chance of getting into it and also it helps when migrating into and out of dense crowds so I am not just thwacking people with it as i go by.
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    I was commenting to my boyfriend this weekend while cruising around the grounds that I think it would be extremely wise for GV to set up some sort of Google Wallet type of system embedded into the wristband RFD chip. Best case scenario would be for us to not have to carry any cash or cards around, and since we each already have a unique electronic id that is attached to our body, there would be little to no chance of fraud occuring. At least, it would be exponentially more difficult to steal someone's wristband than to steal their wallet.

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    keep shit you don't want to lose in your car.
    keep shit you don't want to lose but need to have in your front pockets.

    it's not rocket science.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfg_9280 View Post
    Thank you so much for posting this warning. It is so easy to think that you are safe and nothing will happen at Coachella but the reality is that not everyone at Coachella is there "just to have fun." I will be more alert and aware for myself and my group but also for others in general. Look out for your fellow Festival Goer and hopefully they will do the same and always remember that a little bit of common sense goes a really long way.
    I saw so little of this over the weekend...it was sad.

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    I always use a travel belt at festivals. Always.
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    I have been reading through the FAQs, and I see no mention of pick pocketing. Maybe I should PM Psychic Friend about this.

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    We were walking in from camping by the outside lost and found and as we walked by some dude was jumping up and down. He lost his wallet with $$$$ in it and someone turned it in with all the money. It might be karma gang........ cr****
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