I love this city - except the heavy traffic.. snatchers, muggers, and pickpockets. On the first day when I moved to this city 6 years ago, the very first thing my cousin told me was to beware of snatchers, muggers, and pickpockets.
When I started working, my officemates told me the same thing. So I believed them. As years passed, I've heard so many stories from friends and office mates who were mugged and I even witnessed some instances myself.
My officemate and I were once in the jeepney on our way home one night. The only time he took his phone from his pocket was when he had to get his fare but the moment he took his phone out, a snatcher who was seated near the driver's seat ran to grab his phone and jumped off. And again, it all happened so fast that we couldn't do anything anymore.
Thankfully, none of the above ever happened to me. I mean, not yet. But it can happen anytime, even in broad daylight! Of course I don't want those things to happen to me (and to anyone) so I want to avoid them as much as possible.
3. Always be cautious. Check your surroundings for unusual people with big bags or people who sit really close to you when there's still so much space in the jeepney. These people are trained muggers and pickpockets. I hate to sound judgmental. I'm not saying everyone who has a big bag or who sits close to you has bad intentions. But it never hurts to stay alert.
4. Listen. If you're listening to music while traveling, people would know because you have headphones or earphones. I listen to music through my phone or iPod most of the time. Just make sure that you don't get too carried away. Be mindful and keep your phone in your bag and if you're keeping it in your pocket, watch out!
5. Resist the urge to fall asleep. In my case since I live far from the office, I tend to doze off in the jeepney. I usually hug my bag so tight and try my best not to sleep.
6. Remove your shining shimmering jewelry. Because these are the best ways to attract snatchers.
7. Choose your battles wisely. Snatchers would just leave right away but muggers may have a gun or a knife with them or worse, a whole gang waiting for them down the line. Just give your phone up or any material things with you. I know it hurts but it's much better than them hurting you.
I don't know about the universe but something is bound to happen at some point so when it does, protect your life first before anything else.
Wew, I didn't intend for this to be a long post so thanks for reading! Do you have any other tips to share or experiences we can all learn from? Just leave a comment below!