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Wacken Open Air Festival Promoters Warn About Increased Thievery

The Wacken Open Air Festival website has been updated with the following warning about thieves:

"Dear Metalheads,

"Gangs of thieves are currently sneaking about on the different festival grounds (pickpocketing, dismantling of tents).

"For the sake of security and to prevent such incidents we strongly recommend to put ALL of your valuables and things that are very important to you into the neck pouches included in the W:O:A FULL METAL BAG (take a look at the picture) or into any other bag that you always carry with you. The best solution is to put the stuff into your car or to lock it up in the LOCKER-TRUCK!

"Unfortunately there are always gangs of thieves who steal foreign property from other tents as well, as the past has shown.

"You should continue to obey the following rules of behavior:

- let others know
- ask for help
- offer help to the victim
- report this crime immediately to the police in the W:O:A-Camp (M-29)
- try to remember all details
- stand up as a witness
- place a block on all your bank- and credit cards.

"It was our pleasure to help you."

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1. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

that fvcking sucks....Well, Wacken is awesome anyway

# Jun 24, 2009 @ 1:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Jamez writes:

what can you say, financial crisis

# Jun 24, 2009 @ 1:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Jackrum writes:

Wacken will rule, even with thieves.. still annoyed i couldnt get a ticket this year

# Jun 24, 2009 @ 1:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. metalheaddrummer101 writes:

Jackrum-are you going next year? 'cause that's when I'm going

# Jun 24, 2009 @ 2:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. bbristowe writes:

Wow. That IS a pretty metal Marketing Idea.

# Jun 24, 2009 @ 4:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. RTB writes:

FAHQN HOOLIGANS

# Jun 24, 2009 @ 8:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. cyanotic writes:

Ich liebe Wacken!!!! they always have a pretty good line up. as for the theft, whats to be expected at a metal fest where it is legal to drink when youre still in dippers!

# Jun 25, 2009 @ 5:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Jackrum writes:

if i can get tickets i will be going to the best gig in the world...

# Jun 25, 2009 @ 12:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. BodomBeach writes:

Is it just me who finds the last line funny? :)

NP: Hangar 18- Megadeth

# Jun 25, 2009 @ 1:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Gytrash writes:

Increase in thievery is hardly a surprise with the festival being as popular as it is... when Glastonbury started getting popular in the late Eighties, it got targetted by organised gangs robbing tents and making mischief.

Proper policing and keeping non-ticket holders OFF the site made it a lot tougher for the crooks, but the only real solution is to suspect everyone and keep your stuff on you or locked away, as the man says...

Sad but true :(

# Jun 25, 2009 @ 3:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. cyanotic writes:

Gytrash: with "proper policing", you run the risk of d***head security doing just as much harm as the thieves. i think your second solution is best.

# Jun 25, 2009 @ 8:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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