In times of desperation, even the most noble of Dragaerans may have to resort to living outside the law. Bandits and highwaymen waited along the roads to ambush travellers, demanding their money and valuables. However, after the Interregnum ended and teleportation became a common method of transportation, the opportunities for banditry were reduced. More merchants, especially those trading in valuable goods, opted to obtain the services of a sorcerer rather than trust to the roads. This practice also enabled goods to travel farther, faster.
As of Vlad Taltos's time, bandits still existed but were far fewer than they had been.