Phone snatching, where criminals snatch smartphones on the streets or inside restaurants, occurs daily in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs. The incident in the video above, occurred in 4th Avenue, Parkhurst.
- Do not place your phone on the table at a restaurant
- If you need to call or use your phone on the street, look out for anyone loitering or cars stopped nearby with hazard lights flashing
- Don’t text while you are walking, you won’t notice what is going on around you
- Going hands-free can prevent a thief from snatching your phone out of your hand