How it works:
- Situation: in 2017, for every 3 minutes in Delhi, there is a snatching or theft incident.
- Bike/moped: riding past with a pillion rider snatching your phone, bag or gold chain. Stolen bikes are used and so it is difficult to identify the thieves.
- Market, mall, hotel, restaurant: strike at poorly lit areas.
- Railway station: grabbing unattended bags at the scanning checkpost.
- Train: stealing unattended bags/luggage in luggage compartments of overnight trains.
- Beggar robber: a bunch throngs you and grab anything they can find.
- Anywhere (hotspots – e.g. Delhi: Millennium City Gurugram; Mumbai: Marine Drive)
- Check out other hotspots of violent crime
What to do:
- Valuables: avoid laying out on tables or carrying in your hands while walking.
- Bags: consider using lockable bags that can be locked to another object and cross body anti-theft bags (difficult to snatch).
- Train: buy seats in AC class as more thefts happen on the sleeper class, though thefts still occur in the AC class.
- Travel insurance: get a good one that covers theft – check out the various travel insurance comparison platforms to find the best deal that works for you.