The Phone Snatchers!

While traffic jams don’t bring Mayflowers, they DO bring opportunists! And opportunists of the stupid kind! Traffic jams, which are increasing around the city, have been perfect opportunities for petty thiefs to run around pointing guns and banging on people’s windows, demanding that they turn over the cell phones and anything else of value.

A close relative of mine went through this in the area just opposite The Forum, while another friend witnessed a chain-reaction of cellphone snatchers in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal jam, three days ago. Yes, there is phone insurance now available through certain banks and certain mobile phone companies even offer it free-of-cost as a promotional scheme, but who wants to go through being held up in traffic jam and the nightmare of looking down the barrel of a gun (or up the nose of an ugly moron – depends on your point of view).

I don’t mean to sound like MadEye Moody, but please exercise some CONSTANT VIGILANCE when driving around the city.

21 Comments so far

  1. Ahmed (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

    I wish these people were shot on the spot! Once enough are shot. I wonder if it would be fixed if enough are killed

  2. mantissa (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 7:35 pm

    This issue’s been pretty rampant in the city for a while. While not a bullet proof strategy (no pun intended), I keep my fried Nokia 6230i (but cosmetically looks perfect) in the slot next to my steering. So push comes to shove, I’d hand that phone to the rushed thug.

    For my other (the real phone) I use a program called PhoneGuardian (Symbian phones only) that can virtually immobilize my phone remotely and helps me communicate with it & secretly from an alternative mobile of my choice (my phone would then return location information, IMEI, subscriber details and current number being used on the phone, or if I choose I can instruct my phone to lock down if/when the SIM is changed or tampered or via SMS). At least this way my phone’s traceable.

    Finally my advice to you all, invest in a data cable for your phone and backup your contacts/data to your PC often so you at least don’t loose your contacts & pics!

  3. HITMAN (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

    I second u on this. Here is a related link. Using hypnosis to loot.

  4. def (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

    @Hitman: (from article) — whats a ‘nosarbaz’?

  5. Hasan Zuberi (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

    Nice post to start with … One must be more vigilant during these jams … and yes Gulshan area (old sabzi Mandi to Usmania) it is very common.

    BTW Good to see you here Rabia

  6. Jehan (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 8:28 pm

    Thanks Rabia for the warning. I will certainly be vigilant from now on. I don’t think violence is the answer to anything. Rule of law and the implementation of the law is the only solution as well being forewarned.

    It is scary. I have faced it myself when my phone was snatched at gunpoint as I was getting into my car at my office building. I remember being completely shaken and for weeks I would look at everyone around me with great suspicion. As Rabia says it is not just the loss of the phone, it is the trauma of having a gun pointed at you and the thought of what could have happened.

  7. Kashif (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

    United Mobile provides insurance on all brands it deals in, without any extra cost. Their prices are bit higher than market rates (500-700 Rs.) but if that brings you a replacement in case phone is stolen/snatched then it is not too bad.

  8. Nadir (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

    I totally agree with Rabia, this had been my motive since forever, I don’t even stand facing one direction for more than 1 minute while i’m waiting for the bus on the stop. I try to keep my observation at -what you can say ‘High Alert’


    I would like to share my experience with you guys…

    Sometimes just being vigilant doesn’t work. :(

  9. Straight Talker (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 8:52 pm

    Put a BAN on used Mobile Phone business. Phone snatching will drop.

  10. Nadir (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

    Used phones business is the biggest and spreading with great speeds…. Our Mobile Market is based on this… A ban can never persist on this business…

    If it does, the rapid spread of cellphones popularity will cease… There are businesses based on cellular services who used GSM networks as the most effective and the most penetrating -cost effective means of marketing known today. And not to mention the Mobility operators’ businesses…

  11. MS (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 12:04 am

    Are there any geniuses out there who could make tiny little bombs that can fit in a cell phone and detonated remotely? Let them snatch your cell phone and you know what to do once they are out of your sight!

  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 1:54 am

    The ummat link provided by Hitman. It’s mentioned women are part of the group which hypnotize people.

    Hamaray bhaion k professionals k zarorat nahi. Wo jaise he koi khatoon sarak par dekhte tu chahey wo car mey houn ya paidal , unko sakta tari hojata hay aur oper ka sans oper aur neecha ka neechay he rah jata. Kabhi kabhar aysa lagta hey k Roogh qabz hogaye ho.

  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 1:59 am

    MS, there is already such bombs available. Parvaiz bhai k car me mobile jammer laga huwa tha warna wo remotely controlled mobile bomb se kab k phat chukay hotay but kio k apna amaal sahe nai tu Allah ko azaab mazeed jari rakhna thaa.

  14. karachirulz (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 2:48 am

    Qatal, Kidnapping, daikaiti or bhatta khori k shaandaar conpetitions k baad…. Bhia Loag Presents
    All Karachi Mobile Snatching Tournament.
    Jis mein jeet kar aap ban saktay hen..
    Governor Sindh
    City Nazim
    Federal Minister
    Provincial Minister
    ya phir
    Sector Incharge

    Tournament mein shirkat k lia zaroori hay k aap hon
    muttahida ka sargarm karkun hona
    Bhai k wafa daar
    aql say paidal

    Note: Tournament k lia zaroori saholiyaat [eg: TT, spare bullets, first aid, police say churana etc etc] bhai loag ki zimmaydari hay.

    Tow phir dair kis baat ki
    aaj hi apnay qareebi unit office say form hasil karen or shamil hijain tournament mein.
    PS: Cheenay gaey tamaam mobiles 90 per jama kara kar raseed hasil karna na bhoolen.

  15. MS (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 2:50 am

    Adnan, I knew about the remotely detonated bombs but I was wondering if they can make tiny bombs to fit in a cell phone :)

  16. d0ct0r (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 3:27 am

    @MS what if it goes off accidentally in your own pocket :P

  17. MS (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 5:05 am

    ouch Doctor, that would hurt big times :) I guess I would need your services @ that time :D

  18. Ahmed (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 7:10 am
  19. d0ct0r (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

    @Ahmed snatchers normal stay calm.. they don’t want victim to raise any alarm so they just quietly show u the gun and then order you to hand over your wallet and mobile.. while stopping at red light on signals do make sure the windows of your car are rolled up..

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