By on April 26, 2012

Sometimes, journalists are in the pockets of people. This time, people are in the pockets of journalists: More than 40 theft cases were reported in the first hours of the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.

Pricy equipment was stolen at an alarming rate, reports Global Times. High on the target list of show-going pickpockets: High-end camera lenses that fetch a high price on the used market.

“The first two days of Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, which opened Monday, were reserved for members of the media, with the public being admitted from today until May 2,“ says Global Times. Nevertheless, around 40,000 people showed up on the first day, the paper figures. We have first-hand confirmation that the show was mobbed, and we doubt that the majority was working media.

Says Global Times: “Some attendees have accused the expo of having lax security, which is unable to cope with the crowds, and media have reported that passes for the expo are easily available from scalpers.”

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