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