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Beware of snatch thieves in streets and common areas


Crime Prevention Advisory on Snatch Thefts

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 124 cases of snatch theft reported. Of these cases, 67 cases involved the stealing of handphones.
In instances where the handphones were stolen, these incidents occurred along streets and common areas. The culprits would snatch the handphones from their victims, who would be messaging or engaged in a conversation using their handphones, or while holding them at the time of the offence.
It was also noted that most of the 124 snatch theft incidents occurred in open areas such as streets, footpaths, backlanes, along corridors, at staircases or staircase landings, void deck and lift areas. In some instances, the culprits trailed their victims to less crowded areas before striking.
On 17 Feb 07 at about 6 pm, a woman in 20s was using her handphone while walking along Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 when a man came from behind and snatched her phone before fleeing.
Over two days from 4 to 5 Mar 07, three elderly women were targeted by robbers in separate incidents, losing their valuables in public areas.
On 4 Mar, a woman in her 60s was walking along Seng Poh Road in the afternoon when a man grabbed her $700 gold necklace. He fled on a motorcycle ridden by an accomplice. Another woman in her 70s, who was sitting at the void deck of a block of flats at Telok Blangah Crescent in the morning, had her gold necklace and pendant snatched by a man.
At about 12.30am on 5 Mar, a woman in her early 70s was robbed of her handbag containing $150 cash, a handphone and other personal items at Telok Blangah Crescent after a man approached her from behind and grabbed her handbag and fled.
More recently on 6 Mar at about 6.45am, a teenaged male victim lost his handphone to a snatch thief when he was hit on the back of the head whilst walking near Tampines St 41. The culprit picked up the $100 mobile phone that the victim dropped and fled with it.
As snatch thefts are primarily opportunistic crimes and are largely preventable, Police would thus like to advise members of the public to adopt the following crime prevention measures to minimise their chances of becoming a victim of snatch thefts:
  • Avoid carrying excessive cash, valuables or jewellery;
  • Do not expose cash and other valuables such as handphones and jewellery in public;
  • Sling your handbag in front of you or clutch it under your arm;
  • Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect someone is following you, move to the nearest crowded area or call the Police for assistance;
  • Avoid taking shortcuts through dark alleys or secluded areas, always keep to well-lit areas;
  • If you are returning home late, get a family member or a friend to wait for you at the bus stop or void deck and accompany you home;
  • Stand near the button panel when entering lift alone. If someone rushes into the lift as the door is closing, press the "door open" button and step out immediately.
In relation to handphone snatch thefts:
  • Do not be oblivious to your surroundings while taking a phone call or messaging on your handphone. Move to an area where you can better observe and be aware of your surroundings;
  • As a precautionary measure, obtain your handphone¨s 15 or 17 digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, by keying in *#06# on your keypad and recording the number. In the unfortunate event that your handphone is stolen, supply the IMEI number to the Police, who can log it into the Handphone IMEI Tracing System (HITS). This system is available online at for members of the public to verify if the handphone that they intend to purchase has been reported stolen.
Crime prevention is a shared responsibility. Protect yourselves against crime by making crime prevention a part of your lifestyle.
Supt Evon Ng, Assistant Director Operations (Community Involvement Division), Singapore Police Force says, ^Since the beginning of the year, 124 snatch theft cases have been reported, out of which 67 cases involved the stealing of handphones. Snatch thefts are primarily crimes of opportunity and are largely preventable. The Police would like to remind the public to be aware of their surroundings when walking in public or using their handphones. Be wary of suspicious persons approaching or trailing you. Take care of your valuables and do not carry excessive cash or jewellery. Don't be an easy target for criminals by making crime prevention a part of your lifestyle."
08 March 2007 @4.45pm

Source: Media Release 8 Mar 2007

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