Snatch Theft & Pick Pockets
How It Can Happen
- Approaching victim on the pretext of striking up a conversation or seeking assistance.
- Snatching the handbag from behind the victim.
- Soiling victim’s clothing and offering to clean dirt stains on it.
- Telling victim that his money has dropped on the floor.
- Avoid carrying large amount of cash. Use credit/ debit cards.
- Sling your handbag in front of you. For men, keep your wallet on your side trousers pocket.
- If in the event of a snatching and if life is threatened, do not fight back/ struggle.
- Avoid wearing excessive jewellery.
- Never leave your belongings lying on the table or chair at public places such as hawker centre, food court, etc.
- Please do not leave your handbag, notebook bag in between the seats or at the passenger seat. It may be convenient for the Smash & Grab Thief.
- Check your handbag or wallet immediately if someone jostles or bumps into you.
- Do not be distracted by strangers creating a commotion or accidently spilling something on you.
- Try not to doze off in public transport or leave your belongings unattended.
- Walk against traffic.
- Vary the route you take to the place or the time of the day of your errand.
- Park the vehicle in a well lit area.
- Do not leave keys in the ignition switch.
- Do not leave valuables such as laptop, mobile phone, cash cards, briefcase or handbag inside the vehicle.
- Remove your cash card from the In-Vehicle Unit (IU).
- Secure windows and doors of vehicle at all times.
- Engrave vehicle registration number on the windscreens.