How it works:
- Two versions: strike and run; distract and grab. Possible scenarios:
- Street, mall, shop, park, transportation hub: distracting and snatching from you, then escaping via a getaway car or down a street corner.
- Car/taxi: smashing your window and snatching your valuables at traffic lights or in crowded traffic (e.g business districts in Hawaii); breaking into your boot.
- ATM: snatching after cash is dispensed from the machine.
- Casino: reaching over the stall in the female toilet to grab hanging handbags; distracting you and stealing your chips or cashing out from your machine.
- Beach: asking for your phone to make an emergency call and then running away with it.
Places to beware:
- Anywhere (hotspots – e.g. Honolulu: Waikiki Beach; San Francisco: Fisherman’s Wharf; New Orleans: French Quarters)
- 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).
- 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.