Cellphone Theft

Cellphones have become so endemic in our day and age that I think in a few years we will be born with a cellphone device genetically mutated to our body :)

Anyways, along with the high volume of cellphone users, comes a growing number of cellphone robberies. And one should not be surprised. Cellphones are expensive commodities and many of them cost upwards of 15,000 Rs (375 US$). And therefore they create circumstances for a lucrative black market.

According to the police, mobile thieves’ most preferred modus operandi was to target victims in crowded places. “There was a spate of incidents near traffic signals, where men on motorbikes would snatch the mobiles and zoom off.

They prefer crowded spots as it is difficult for victims to identify them,” said Prakash George, sen ior police inspector, Dharavi po lice station.

All I can say is that one needs to be careful about flashing their fancy gizmos in public and being wary of someone who will love to lay their hands on your mobile.

3 Comments so far

  1. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

    Hey Mumbai, welcome to the club! In Karachi, there are around 50 to 60 cases of mobile phone snatching on daily basis. I have been a victim twice :(

    Stay safe!
    Karachi, Pakistan

  2. arZan (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

    Damn, Zain. You either have a really swanky cellphone or the thieves are getting bolder. Be careful. :)

  3. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 11:48 am

    These bast*rds theives carry guns and they show their guns to normal public to snatch the phones. This is very normal in Karachi and people are so afraid they don’t talk on roads.. Everyone is hiding their phones these days.

    Khair, how is the weather in Mumbai these days. My relatives are coming down for a 10 day trip to Mumbai..

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