We live in a part of Manhattan that is very popular with tourists--near Lincoln Center and Strawberry Fields. Among the ways tourists are noticeable to the locals are the obvious precautions taken to prevent from being pick pocketed. You see people with cross bags, bags hugged to the body, neck carriers and all manner of protection. I assume there are hidden money belts and perhaps even body armor.
Pick pocketing is a non-issue to the people who live in our neighborhood. It is never discussed, there are no precautions taken and I have never heard of it having happened. It must have happened to tourists, witness all the precautions. The question is, are the obvious precautions an attraction to pickpockets? Any thoughts?