Just in: Soloist is mugged in centre of Vienna

Just in: Soloist is mugged in centre of Vienna


norman lebrecht

January 20, 2016

Lidia Baich was parking her car in broad daylight on the Mahlerstrasse, near the Opera when, as she opened the door, a hand reached in and snatched her bag. Lidia let out a yell.



The robber dropped the bag and fled.

Lidia is fine. ‘I came within a hair’s breadth of being a robbery victim,’ she says.

Vienna needs more cops on the streets.


lidia baich


  • Nicola Lefanu says:

    Couldn’t have been much of a robber if he dropped the bag following a yell.

  • Urania says:

    And what would more police in the streets bring? There will be always moments which are not controlable!

  • Simon Evnine says:

    She was lucky her violin wasn’t stolen and then dropped.

  • Mr Oakmountain says:

    How many more cops exactely may I ask should Vienna put on the streets to make crime impossible? Come on, it’s not as if daylight robbery is taking over Vienna’s inner city.

  • Petros LInardos says:

    A quick online search shows that Vienna’s crime rates are quite low. It appears to be significantly safer than, say, London.


    • Peter says:

      But the Nazis!

    • Furzwaengler says:

      It’s also much smaller than London.

    • Anne63 says:

      Be careful of comparisons between crime rates in different counties without careful analysis. A couple of years ago, some genius decided that there was more “violent crime” in the UK than the US:

      FBI website, “violent crime”: “In the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses which involve force or threat of force.”

      Crime in England and Wales 2010/11: Findings from the British Crime Survey and police recorded crime (2nd Edition): “Violent crime contains a wide range of offences, from minor assaults such as pushing and shoving that result in no physical harm through to serious incidents of wounding and murder. Around a half of violent incidents identified by both BCS and police statistics involve no injury to the victim.”

  • Robert Manno says:

    Brava Lidia!