The local media, especially the local dailies, have been
replete with reports of snatch thefts. The barrage of media
reports has caused more than a sense of anxiety, it has caused fear and panic
among residents. Recently, there has been a spate of snatch thefts in our area.
Snatch thefts tend to escalate during festive seasons and holidays. Hotspots of
snatch thefts are quiet and deserted areas such as residential areas, by the
roadside, in lifts and around the bank.
Snatch thieves choose their targets
carefully. They often strike when people are off guard. They
home in on people who are alone and those
who are distracted. Women and senior citizens are especially susceptible as they
may be unable to defend themselves. Often the victims are seriously injured or
even killed. To avoid becoming potential victims, we should take simple crime
Do not walk alone especially in dark and deserted areas. Take your handbag
only if necessary. It is better to carry your purse. Always hold handbags and
personal belongings close to the body. If a snatch thief tugs at your handbag,
do not hold on to it. Just let it go. Although you may never be able to retrieve
your belongings, it is better than to hang on to it and suffer injuries
inflicted by the perpetrators. Keep important or valuable items out of sight and
be careful of suspicious-looking motorists or persons. Always be alert and
attentive to your surroundings. If you suspect that you are being targeted, walk
to a crowded area. Walk against the flow of traffic and hold on to your handbag
on the side away from passing motorists.
Be careful of suspicious-looking motorists or persons. Snatch thieves often
approach potential victims on the pretext of striking up a conversation or
asking for directions. If someone approaches you, always keep a safe but polite
distance. avoid wearing excessive jewellery or carrying large amounts of cash.
Do not flaunt cash and valuables in public.
Instead, you should always be observant of your surroundings.
Snatch thefts are crimes of opportunity. they occur because people do not
take the preventive measures mentioned. Snatch thefts can be prevented if people
are vigilant at all times.