Farmers often suffer pre-harvest losses of produce to human theft. Plum fruit in northwestern Pakistan were stolen by local children and by adults, largely Afghan refugees. Fruit were stolen while unripe for use in pickles and a locally popular sour-plum pudding. An informal interview survey of child thieves found their activities to be purposeful and planned and that theft from trees while maintaining a look-out for the farmer obtained a clustered distribution of losses.
Crop Protection (2003) 22 (6) 891-892 [doi:10.1016/S0261-2194(03)00031-0]
Losses of plums to theft in North West Frontier Province, Pakistan.