Here are some common theft methods used in the US:

Pickpocketing: Used to steal cell phones, wallets and other valuables, especially in crowded places.
Home and business burglary: Burglars break into homes or businesses and steal valuables.
Vehicle theft: Vehicles can be stolen while parked or while driving.
Credit card fraud: Thieves steal credit card numbers or use fake cards to make purchases online or in stores.

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Identity theft: By stealing your personal information, thieves can open loans or credit cards in your name and run up debts.

To protect yourself from thieves:

Be careful with your belongings: Do not leave cell phones, wallets and other valuables unattended, especially in crowded places.

Secure your home and workplace: Use strong locks and alarm systems.
Park your car in a safe place: Lock your windows and doors when your car is parked.
Protect your credit cards and personal information: Keep your credit cards and credentials in a safe place.
Beware of fraud attempts: Be wary of emails, phone calls or texts from people you don't know.

If you think you are a victim of theft:

Call the police immediately.
Make a list of stolen items.
Check your credit cards and bank accounts.
If you think you are a victim of fraud, report it to the relevant authorities.
Theft is a serious crime and can cause material and moral damage to victims. You can protect yourself from thieves by being careful and taking the necessary precautions.