Credit card Thief Tours around the city in Copenhagen

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              (Image via http://www.creditcardbible.com)

In a country with a low and decreasing crime rate, I managed to beat the odds. On Thursday morning, at one of the train stations someone snatched my credit card right after I used it on the ticket machine. By the time I noticed, the thief had already spent more than 1000$ on transportation tickets from all over the country and atm machines.

According to Denmark 2015 Crime and Safety Report done by the U.S. Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), although not especially common, “pickpockets and other petty criminals operate at tourist attractions, train stations, and on public buses. Local pickpockets operate in teams of two or three, with one or more distracting the victim while another steals the victim’s valuables.”

In case of being victimized by petty crimes such as theft and robbery, the victim is advised to go to the police department in the central station and report the incident immediately. There they will be given a police report to fill out and hand in.

Photo: Filled out Police Report

         Photo: Filled out Police Report

Because of the higher number of these crimes as compared to more serious ones like homicide, the processing takes time. Victims of more serious crimes have to follow a different procedure.