I would like to share my experiences of being pickpocked in Istanbul, Turkey when my wife and I stayed at the Hilton Bomonti in Silashor Caddissi near OsmanBey Metro station between 20th and 24th September 2018.
As a couple on the second day of of stay, we left the hotel in the morning for the half mile walk to OsmanBey Metro station.
We didn’t go any further than 500 years along Silahsor Cd road, when we almost reached the Subway food shop and my wife informed me someone (a female) bumped into her and said something possibly in Turkish but I didn’t take much notice of it at the time.
At the 3rd or 4th junction we crossed, we then saw what at first appeared to be a middle aged, frail, overweight Arabian looking woman in a Hijab, waiting at the junction to cross too so naturally I was not on my guard and didn’t think much of it..
At the same moment too, we heard a car coming screeching down the road and this woman in front of us put her arms out and muttered in Arabic a few times the word ‘Bismillah’ (In the name of Allah) and at the same time and looking at the approaching car, she pretended to panic but then fall backwards towards me, grabbing me as hard as she could, making out as if she was in shock, fearing at being knocked down by the car.
I sensed something was wrong and instinctly tried to move back to get away from her but at the same time I couldn’t as there was another female pedestrian very close behind me, and now in hindsight I guess her second accomplish, so in effect I was boxed in.
I then noticed the car stopped and the first woman in the Hijab just calmly entered the car and the car quickly sped off and the woman behind me just calmly walked out into a side road.
The whole incident lasted no more than about 5 to 10 seconds but I then realized what had really happened when I felt my trouser pocket and realised my wallet with some cash and credit cards was gone!
Please post this information on your website and any other media you have access to so members of the public are aware of this type of distraction theft involving pickpockets waiting at road junctions and passing vehicles too, telling them to be careful and what steps they should take to try and avoid being a victim of this type of crime. In hindsight I should have carried a money belt with a zip which if I did, I think I would not have been targetted so easily.