A new crime trend is on the increase – Snatch & Grab

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A snatch and grab crime occurs when a suspect approaches the victim and snatches an article of value from them. The suspect then makes a quick getaway by jumping into an awaiting vehicle or on foot.

These incidents usually happen in public spaces such as outside of shopping centres or restaurants.

Victims are often using their cell phones to call a taxi service, messaging someone at the time or looking at other content on their phones and are therefore unaware of their immediate surroundings. The surprise element works in the suspects favour.

Here are a few tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim of a snatch & grab:

  • Avoid making your phone and other valuables visible whilst you are in public spaces. Keep them in a pocket or handbag.
  • Call your taxi or lift arrangement before exiting the venue.
  • Avoid loitering in open public spaces – rather wait inside the venue until your lift arrives.
  • Avoid wearing earphones or headphones in public – this is a giveaway that you are likely to be carrying a smartphone.

FPM would like to thank CAP Security for highlighting this new crime trend and for offering tips to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your financial adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted. (E&OE)