Bob Arno

  • "Professor of Pickpocketry"
  • Special Lecturer to Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Leading international provider of theft risk management

Time magazine called Bob Arno “the world’s foremost expert on the techniques of first-rank ‘wires,’” the slang term for pickpockets. Years of research and first-hand observation of real street crime have made him an authority frequently consulted by police, security experts, and television producers.

Bob is a leading international provider of theft risk management solutions for the business and leisure sectors. He is an internationally recognized street-crime and diversion theft authority who has spent his career tracking and filming street thieves in action. His extraordinary footage is frequently used on news- and talk-shows around the world. As an expert on body language and con games, Bob narrates his footage with insight and authority. His documentaries reveal amazingly devious con games and brazen thefts.

Each year, Bob dedicates significant time in which to find, follow, and film pickpockets and con artists in the world’s top travel destinations. His interviews and interrogations of countless thieves have given him a backdoor perspective on the mindset of this underclass.

Bob Arno artfully blends the comedy and tragedy of thievery in his outrageous presentationsBob’s unique footage of candid conversations and crime-in-action is incorporated into his presentations, shared with police and security forces around the world, and made into documentaries.

Bob artfully blends the comedy and tragedy of thievery in his outrageous presentations. Illustrated with demonstrations and brought to life with his unique video, he explores and exposes the methods and motivation of street thieves, con artists, and identity thieves.
He is a frequent presenter at Tourism Safety & Security Conferences and pre-Super Bowl seminars for law enforcement and security professionals. With exclusive video, live demonstrations, and well-appreciated humor, Bob offers a global perspective on diversion theft techniques and the latest international trends.

Bob Arno is a speaker, entertainer, author, and special lecturer to law enforcement agencies. He has been profiled or quoted on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, ABC’s 20/20, The Travel Channel, The Learning Channel, Discovery, Court TV, in The New York Times, USA Today, Fortune, Kiplinger’s, National Geographic Traveler, Law and Order, and others. He has lectured for the Police Departments of Chicago, San Diego, Houston, Las Vegas, Detroit, Honolulu, Anaheim, and many abroad; for Tourism Safety & Security Conferences around the country, and many others; for Kroll & Associates, RSA Security Conference and Expo, and more. He taught an accredited course at the Connecticut State Police Training Academy. With his wife, Bambi Vincent, he is co-author of the book Travel Advisory: How to Avoid Thefts, Cons, and Street Scams. To book safety speaker Bob Arno call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

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    Creativity, Entertainment, Humor, Innovation, Motivation, Safety

  • Travels From:

    Arizona

  • Price:

    $7,500 - $10,000

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Time magazine called Bob Arno “the world’s foremost expert on the techniques of first-rank ‘wires,’” the slang term for pickpockets. Years of research and first-hand observation of real street crime have made him an authority frequently consulted by police, security experts, and television producers.

Bob is a leading international provider of theft risk management solutions for the business and leisure sectors. He is an internationally recognized street-crime and diversion theft authority who has spent his career tracking and filming street thieves in action. His extraordinary footage is frequently used on news- and talk-shows around the world. As an expert on body language and con games, Bob narrates his footage with insight and authority. His documentaries reveal amazingly devious con games and brazen thefts.

Each year, Bob dedicates significant time in which to find, follow, and film pickpockets and con artists in the world’s top travel destinations. His interviews and interrogations of countless thieves have given him a backdoor perspective on the mindset of this underclass.

Bob Arno artfully blends the comedy and tragedy of thievery in his outrageous presentationsBob’s unique footage of candid conversations and crime-in-action is incorporated into his presentations, shared with police and security forces around the world, and made into documentaries.

Bob artfully blends the comedy and tragedy of thievery in his outrageous presentations. Illustrated with demonstrations and brought to life with his unique video, he explores and exposes the methods and motivation of street thieves, con artists, and identity thieves.
He is a frequent presenter at Tourism Safety & Security Conferences and pre-Super Bowl seminars for law enforcement and security professionals. With exclusive video, live demonstrations, and well-appreciated humor, Bob offers a global perspective on diversion theft techniques and the latest international trends.

Bob Arno is a speaker, entertainer, author, and special lecturer to law enforcement agencies. He has been profiled or quoted on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, ABC’s 20/20, The Travel Channel, The Learning Channel, Discovery, Court TV, in The New York Times, USA Today, Fortune, Kiplinger’s, National Geographic Traveler, Law and Order, and others. He has lectured for the Police Departments of Chicago, San Diego, Houston, Las Vegas, Detroit, Honolulu, Anaheim, and many abroad; for Tourism Safety & Security Conferences around the country, and many others; for Kroll & Associates, RSA Security Conference and Expo, and more. He taught an accredited course at the Connecticut State Police Training Academy. With his wife, Bambi Vincent, he is co-author of the book Travel Advisory: How to Avoid Thefts, Cons, and Street Scams. To book safety speaker Bob Arno call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Secrets of the Steal Business

International street-crime authority and identity theft consultant
Bob Arno artfully blends the comedy and tragedy of thievery in his outrageous presentation, Secrets of the Steal Business. He sets up confrontations that push buttons, poke fun, and provoke the gut reactions usually held tightly in check. He touches on themes that haunt and intrigue the curious mind: treachery, risk-taking, dishonesty, and dangerous pursuits.

Time magazine called him “the world’s foremost expert on the techniques of pickpockets.” Fortune called him “a global expert” in its November 06 “Excellence Issue.” Bob is a leading international provider of theft risk management solutions for the business and leisure sectors. 

His topics include:

  • Is your competition picking your pocket?
  • Gain the competitive advantage
  • The Illicit Acquisions Game
  • Data-mining and intellectual property theft
  • Travel safety and identity theft

Microsoft

“We are honored and pleased that you have participated as a speaker at the opening session of the 14th Microsoft NT Conference 2009, organized between May 25 and May 27 in Portoroz. You really spiced up the keynote at our annual conference! Your terrific performance completely surprised the audience and left them with their mouths wide open in amazement. We can surely proclaim you as one of the highlights of the conference since the word about your keynote show spread around in record time. It's also worth mentioning that you equally impressed both journalists and IT experts at separate sessions. We can therefore recommend you for any event hosting different audiences with different tastes as your energy and outstanding enthusiasm during the show activates everyone in the room.”

GAMA International

"Bob Arno was exactly what my members needed to end our conference on a high. Smart, witty, intriguing and hilarious, I have never seen such a reaction from my folks. He was a pure delight to work with both on and off the stage and was the buzz of the conference...definitely!"

SunGard

“After a major internal re-organisation we hired Bob to bring the new teams together and create a shared experience they could relate to. He was highly effective in breaking down barriers and had the team talking for weeks afterwards. Entertaining and engaging as well as informative, I would recommend Bob to anyone looking to create a "talking point" at any event.”

NBP Productions Inc

"Bob Arno had the audience spellbound once again. Having worked with Bob for several years now his show keeps getting stronger and stronger. His quick wit and uncanny ability to interact with the entire audience keeps all engagedn and a look of "are you kidding me?" In my over 20 years booking entertainment Bob's "Art of the Steal" is one of the best corporate shows you can choose."
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