"My aunt, who had this other general opinion in reference to London, that every man she saw was a pickpocket"

Dickens had written about a gang of pickpockets in the form of Fagin’s boy thieves in Oliver Twist (1837-1839). Dickens was much concerned with the causes and effects of crime, as well as with the penal and legal systems that sought to deal with it.

Read about crime in Victorian England here.