about 1 case every 2 days , hope it won't progress to as rampaging as Johor Bahru or KL. We all need to safeguard ourself expecially female's hand bag etc.
50 snatch thefts in 3 1/2 months
Nov 14, 2007
By Teh Joo Lin
AT least 50 people have fallen victims to ride-by motorcycle snatch thieves in the past three and a half months.
The latest is a Vietnamese woman in her early 20s, whose handbag was snatched while she was walking along Joo Chiat Road towards East Coast Road, at about 9.15pm on Tuesday.
A motorbike with two men on it zipped past her. The pillion rider grabbed her handbag, which contained $500 in cash, before the bike sped off.
The pillion rider was wearing an orange helmet.
The woman, who is here on a social visit pass, fell to the ground and hit her head. She was taken to hospital.
In the wake of the recent spate of ride-by snatch thefts and the upcoming festive season, the police advise pedestrians to avoid carrying excessive cash, valuables or jewellery.
They should also: Be aware of their surroundings when they are walking along the road.
Sling their handbags in front of them or clutch their possessions under their arms, on the side further away from the road.
As far as possible, walk on the pavement on the side of the road that is facing oncoming traffic. Those who suspect they are being trailed should move to the nearest crowded area or call the police for help, said a police spokesman.