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Snatch thieves expect you to be off guard when they strike, and all they need is a few seconds to make their getaway. The methods below are common ways used to distract attention:

  • Approaching victim on the pretext of striking up a conversation, seeking assistance, changing cash, etc.

  • Snatching handbag/necklace/valuables from the rear.

  • Soiling a victim’s clothing and offering to clean dirty stains on it.

  • Telling a victim that his money has dropped on the floor.


Crime Prevention Tips

Here are some measures you can take to avoid falling victim to snatch theft in the future:

For Everyone

  • Be alert and attentive to your surroundings, especially when you are alone with a stranger. If someone is following you, head to a crowded area; if someone is trying to get close to you, move away.

  • Avoid wearing lots of jewellery and carrying large sums of money on you.

  • Avoid going out at night alone. If you have to, go out in a group or get someone (parent, close friend) to accompany you.

  • Consider investing in a shrill alarm for you and your loved ones as they can come in handy to sound for help during emergencies.

For Parents

  • Do not let your children wear expensive jewellery especially when going to school, playgrounds or shopping centres.

  • Advise your children to avoid walking in dark or deserted places.

  • Teach your children to be wary of strangers and not to follow them. They should inform their teacher or you, if strangers approach them in public.


Should you be a victim of crime, do not resist. Remain calm and take note of the description of the culprit, e.g. his appearance, clothing, height and other physical details. Also note the direction taken by the culprit and his mode of escape. You can use buildings and landmarks to describe the culprit’s direction of flight, e.g. towards ‘ABC Shopping Centre’. Call the Police as soon as it is safe to do so.

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