Date
11 December 2016
A modified compact Korean razor blade has become a key tool of bus pickpockets in Hong Kong, police say. Photos: http://evchk.wikia.com, Facebook/HK Police
A modified compact Korean razor blade has become a key tool of bus pickpockets in Hong Kong, police say. Photos: http://evchk.wikia.com, Facebook/HK Police

‘Magical blades’ of bus pickpockets openly on sale on Taobao

The police have put up pictures of a pocket-size cutter that is said to be the favorite tool of pickpocketing gangs that have been active on public buses in Hong Kong recently.

The “pickpocketing-version” of the cutter, which can be seen now on the police’s Facebook page, is an adaptation of a compact razor blade made by the Korean brand Dorco.

What is surprising is that the converted razor blade is available on China’s online marketplace Taobao for less than three yuan (44 US cents) per unit, or 25 yuan for 100 pieces.

The blade measures about three centimeters in length and is wrapped up by plastic tape on one side to serve as the handle, Headline Daily reports.

The marketing pitch on Taobao even states explicitly that the blade is perfect for cutting open back pockets of trousers.

In related news, a 43-year-old mainland man who was arrested this week for an attempted theft on a bus in the Western District will go on trial on Nov. 24. 

The man, a two-way travel permit holder, was nabbed on Oct. 25 as he was trying to steal from another male passenger onboard a bus heading for Kennedy Town. 

The police say that they have recorded five cases of pickpocketing on public buses so far this month.

Authorities believe the thefts took place as the victims had their wallets in their right back pockets, falling prey as the passengers were either taking a nap or were busy with their smartphones.

The thieves apparently targeted passengers who cared little about what was going on inside the bus and were immersed in their own activities.

As for the pickpockets, they would get off the bus immediately after a theft attempt, regardless of whether they succeeded in their mission or not.

That is aimed at minimizing the risks of getting caught.

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