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Vatican surpasses all nations... in pickpockets?

Once a pickpocket strikes, they can freely walk across the border to Italy, making prosecution a difficult prospect. With a population of 527 people in the Vatican and over 1,300 cases of theft, this means there was 1.5 cases per person, 20 times the corresponding amount in Italy. Besides the pickpockets and purse snatchers in St. Peter?s Square, there is also cases of fraud and forgery committed mostly by a few of the 18 million pilgrims and tourists that visited the Vatican in 2010. The Vatican has decided to pursue less than 200 of these criminal cases. However, if defendants are convicted they would serve time in an Italian jail because the Vatican doesn?t have one of their own. AEGPBN