Secrets of the Pickpockets & Shoplifters
About the Show
Cameras follow the game of cat and mouse between scammers, shoplifters, pickpockets and police, revealing the secret tricks of the trade
Series 2 Summary
The second series of films with the latest stories from the world of pickpockets and shoplifting.
Episode 1 - Secrets of the Pickpockets
A new crime wave hits London above and below ground. This is the story of the pickpockets and the police squads sent in to track them down.
This time Secrets is at street level in London's West End - to witness how gangs target pub crowds as they spill out onto the streets. The documentary reveals some new tricks of the criminal trade, from the 'Lebanese loop' to 'Scattering', in which a pickpocket disorientates their drunk victim by weaving and bobbing around while talking to them.
As the public changes its spending habits, the programme reveals how the criminals are changing their techniques too - looking at a recent rise in cash point scams. The Secrets team sits on a stake-out with a specialist police unit targeted on catching one organised ATM gang in the act.
Plus, experts on both sides of this extraordinary game of cat and mouse - from the no-nonsense Sergeant of one of the British Transport Police's 'dip squad' with dozens of arrests to his name, to the Chilean pickpockets, who always seem to get away...
Episode 2 - Secrets of the Shoplifters
Britain is the shoplifting capital of Europe, with over two billion pounds worth of goods being stolen every year. Secrets of the Shoplifters hits the High Street with a look at the run up to Christmas, when more 'lifting' goes on than at any other time of year. From the girl gangs, to the pros who steal presents to order, it's a festive crime wave.
The programme features exclusive access to the undercover retail police of South Yorkshire: a hard-pressed unit with its own mission to fulfil. They're aiming to lock up their Top 10 most wanted shoplifters in time for Christmas, but will they catch them all in time?
The 'lifters' come from all walks of life and include a former store detective turned thief and a professional woman shoplifter who claims to earn to £300 a day shoplifting for her middle-class clients. For certain people, it seems that Christmas is a time to eat, drink and go thieving...
Secrets of the Pickpockets & Shoplifters synopsis
Cameras follow the game of cat and mouse between scammers, shoplifters, pickpockets and police, revealing the secret tricks of the tradeEpisode Guide >
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