Which is also why you need to be aware of your surroundings. Someone starts getting too close to you, cross to the other side of the rode, turn around, and just in general keep people away from you. Make sure your bag is close to you so a moto driver can't zip past and steal it. Common sense like that will reduce thievery.
However, I will say the two attempted pickpocketings i had were in Europe. In Amsterdam I was looking at postcards, and looked down to find a guys hand around my waist (sort of the same way you might hold your girlfriend). He was making the (ill advised) tactic of trying to reach around and into my front pocket. He just said "pardon" and ran away. I should have probably clocked him, but I had the sad realization that if I did hit him, probably I would have gotten in trouble with the law.
The other time was in Hamburg and is much funnier. I was on a date with a girl and we ended up going to the Reeperbahn to party. It's packed with people going out to party, and people are bumping into you all the time.
Well some bumped into me, HARD with his shoulder. OW, he apologized, said sorry he was in a rush and ran off. Later I realized the pack of gum I had (in this trendy, flat, wallet shaped package) which was in my front blazer pocket was missing. The outline was clearly visible through my blazer so the guy picked my pocket thinking he was going to get my wallet.
I was actually more impressed than anything else. It was so cool and I didn't lose any money.