Picking the right lockdown target

Liberating parks for cooped up parisians has made a hero out of a picklock.

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The mayor who spearheaded the removal of those love locks from bridges in 2015 is now asking central authorities to allow locks on Parisian park gates to go too.
Picking locks as a ‘hobby’ is not a contention that would pass muster in most law enforcement circles around the world. More so when the amateur picklock is known to use his talent to bypass certain lockdown restrictions put in by coronavirus-conscious governments right now. But, then, times of crises also throw up unlikely heroes and the man who has been ‘liberating’ parks in the poorer districts of Paris recently by picking the locks on their gates at night is clearly one such. Admittedly, Paris circa 2020 is a far cry from 1940, but the spirit of resistance still prevails apparently. That his small act of defiance allows many Parisians cooped up in small flats to enjoy a bit of fresh nocturnal air has, no doubt, gone a long way in giving him the aura of a folk hero, with ‘Thank you, Jose’ signs in liberated parks cementing his popularity.

Locks and Paris have had a love-hate relationship, given that the hundreds of them — so-called ‘love locks’ — affixed by romantic tourists on the railings of pedestrian bridges across the Seine since 2008 actually led to part of a parapet of the Pont des Arts falling off in 2014, much to the dismay of locals. It is also befitting that the mayor who spearheaded the removal of those love locks from bridges in 2015 is now asking central authorities to allow locks on Parisian park gates to go too.

From A Van Gogh Painting To Toilet Rolls, Robberies In The Time Of Covid-19
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While social distancing and fear of coronavirus has seen major events cancelled or postponed, crime seems to be thriving.


Many countries around the world are observing a lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19. A few high profile robberies over the past few days suggests that crime is on the rise despite threat of the coronavirus. Here are some instances:

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The Singer Laren Museum in the Netherlands which is closed because of coronavirus was robbed a few days ago. The 'Lentetuin' - a painting that depicts the Nuenen rectory garden was stolen. The painting by Vincent Van Gogh was done in 1884. It was on loan from the Groninger museum.

The Singer Laren Museum in the Netherlands which is closed because of coronavirus was robbed a few days ago. The 'Lentetuin' - a painting that depicts the Nuenen rectory garden was stolen. The painti..
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Australian Test captain, Tim Paine was the victim of a robbery a few days ago. His car was parked on the street in South Hobart outside his house after he converted his garage into a home gym. His wallet and a few other valuables were stolen from the vehicle.

Australian Test captain, Tim Paine was the victim of a robbery a few days ago. His car was parked on the street in South Hobart outside his house after he converted his garage into a home gym. His wa..
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Basic necessities are scares and shortage has caused panic buying across the world. A few weeks ago in Hong Kong a delivery man was robbed at knife-point outside a supermarket. Hundreds of toilet rolls were stolen from him.

Basic necessities are scares and shortage has caused panic buying across the world. A few weeks ago in Hong Kong a delivery man was robbed at knife-point outside a supermarket. Hundreds of toilet rol..
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Block chain security firm, AnChain.AI has claimed that pandemic essentials being sold online by scamsters have lead to cryptocurrency of around $2 million being stolen. Hand sanitisers, face masks and medication are being sold to customers who are made to pay in cryptocurrency around the world. Many cases have been reported from South East Asia and a few from Europe and America as well. Panicked customers instead of getting their products get an empty box.

Block chain security firm, AnChain.AI has claimed that pandemic essentials being sold online by scamsters have lead to cryptocurrency of around $2 million being stolen. Hand sanitisers, face masks an..
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Two men wearing surgical masks stole cash worth $250,000 from the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens a few weeks ago. Three workers were transporting the money when they were stolen from at gun-point.


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Two men wearing surgical masks stole cash worth $250,000 from the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens a few weeks ago. Three workers were transporting the money when they were stolen from at gun-point.(Imag..
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