Beware of snatch thieves

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March 21, 2012 - Suzanne was walking alone near Mobil station at 7:30 p.m, when her shoulder bag was snatched by a motorcycle pillion. She held on to her bag dearly for she loved her dancing shoes inside the bag. She fell and scraped her legs. She has reported to police. To date, the thieves are still at large.

Here are some tips to reduce the risk of being a victim. (Source:

  • Keep your valuables out of sight.
  • Stay alert and follow your instincts.
  • Keep handbags or slingbags on the shoulder that is away from the road.
  • Avoid taking shortcuts through deserted areas.
  • If someone asks for directions, keep a polite but safe distance.
  • If a thief demands your valuables, hand them over; your life is worth more. If possible, throw them away from you and run.
  • You're safer in the company of others. If you must be out alone, stay away from dark corners, alleys and doorways.
  • Keep your ID, driving licence, credit cards, etc in a pocket or concealed pouch to reduce the risk of losing them to thieves.
  • If you are robbed, try to remember the attacker's face, the licence plate number and the make of his vehicle. This information could save others.
  • Report all incidents of snatch theft to the police.