I’ve just posted an entry over on my travel blog about the day I probably prevented a purse-snatch or a similar theft. It could happen anywhere, not just in cities on the other side of the world.
The short version: I suspected that a loud argument was being staged as a diversion in front of a small group of – mostly – women standing in a queue near an ATM. I turned my back on the hoo-ha that was absorbing everyone else and watched a guy walk toward us, then stop when he must have realized I could see him. He stood for a minute apparently reading a sign, then walked away. The argument faded and the arguers faded away too.
BTW, the photo wasn’t taken where the incident occurred – or didn’t occur. It was taken in Argyle Terrace, near the Sydney Harbour, in the Rocks District.