I'm a New Yorker. Are you calling me a pick pocket? I live in the country side.. There is no one to pick pocket!! If you are referring to NYC, then people do pick pocket there. But, people pick pocket in any major city. So quit pointing fingers.
No, I do not believe it is. People who travel to New York are likely to get their pocket picked, but it is only because they are tourists going to touristy places where they are easy marks for con men/women. Don't be an easy mark and you won't get picked.
Any large city,any place, will attract criminals. It is easier to do the crime when everyone is rushing to get wherever..A lot of bumping and pushing going on.. Perfect conditions to commit the crime.. :(
No, some do. If in a Subway it is a good idea to keep your wallet out of your back pocket (pickpockets call that the sucker pocket). They like to hang out around the "Beware of Pickpocket" signs. Because men usually will feel their wallet after reading that and give a visual clue where the wallet is to pickpockets. some are very good at their craft.