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Pickpocketing up 175% in downtown Austin, report says
You might want to watch your back (and your belongings).

As Austin rapidly grows, instances of pickpocketing have skyrocketed in the last year according to Austin Police data. Areas featuring large crowds, such as downtown, have seen the largest increase.


  • Citywide pickpocketing has shot up 269% when comparing this February to last February.
  • Downtown saw the biggest jump year-to-year of 175%.
  • North and northeast Austin have seen a decrease in pickpocketing.

While the numbers are concerning, experts say that you don’t have to carry a weapon or be an expert in self-defense to prevent pickpocketing. In many cases simply being aware of your belongings and your surroundings can be enough to deter a pickpocket.


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