What makes for a thieving culture? An overabundance of pickpockets? Tsunamis of burglary and shoplifting? Most definitely not.
To truly gauge a society’s larcenous leanings we need to look beyond the nimble-fingered and focus more on the smooth-talkers, the power-suited flimflammers who thrive in any society where significant numbers of people feel a driving need to get rich quick.
Source: What Makes a Thieving Culture