With an increase of mobile phone grabbings in Bryanston, Sandton Police are urging the public to be aware and careful when using devices in public.
- Most of these incidents are taking place at night, between 5pm and 11pm.
- Prominent days are Saturday, Sunday and Tuesdays.
- Report any criminal activities or any suspicious vehicles in your area to CRIMESTOP 08600-10111 or Sandton SAPS 011-722-4200.
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Some might have experienced it already. You are waiting on the side of the road, for an e-hailing service to pull up or a food delivery driver to drop off an order, but before you know it, someone has grabbed the phone you have been monitoring for the past few minutes, out of your hands, and jumps into a getaway vehicle that has pulled up at the same time.
And now, the South African Police Service (SAPS) is reporting the incidents of common robberies for May 2021 are influenced by the increase of cellular phone snatching in Bryanston. The majority of common robberies have been reported, occurring in different streets in Bryanston, whereby mobile devices are snatched from a victim, whilst they are using the phone to monitor an approaching transport service or merely walking in the street.
Most of the reported incidents are taking place at night when people are coming from places of entertainment. The modus operandi includes criminals jumping out of a car, which abruptly stops and a passenger grabs the mobile device. Alternatively, a criminal on foot grabs the device as they run by, and then jumps into a getaway car, only meters away.
Avoid exposing your mobile phone when standing and waiting for a service to arrive and preferably make use of your device in a safe environment when requesting transport or food delivery.
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