On STEALING... WARNING: this is long but worth reading! I tell you...
Stealing - an act of getting something without permission
The Person: also known as "Snatcher"
Places he usually go (hangout): Dimmed areas on the Metro; Quiapo, Divisoria, University Belt, Jeepneys, Buses, and FXs
Usual time of doing the act: from 3 pm until 5 am
Brings with him his: knife (whether big or small); large backpack, guns and some friends to help him steal
His appearance: maybe clean or untidy looking, dirty nails, wears cap
His actions: rolling of his eyeballs, stares at you all the time, acts like a drug-user
What he usually steals: Cellphone, money, jewelries or the whole bag
I made this based on my own experience. The snatchers had 3 attempts of stealing my things already. Luckily, kahit isa wala pa silang nakuha sakin...
On our way home from UERM, I was with my 2 girl-friends. We decided to ride a jeep since there was no FX at all. Yung sinakyan namin, pa-Divisoria, since dadaan siya sa Legarda, kung saan kami malapit nakatira. Nung sinakyan namin yun jeep, wala pang passengers, in short, kaming 3 yung una. Nakaupo kami sa may dulo, lapit sa pinto. Si Rhina at si Barby ang magkatabi sa isang side at katapat ko sila, wala akong katabi! Pagdaan ng SM Centerpoint, madaming sumakay, puno na, then there was this guy who suddenly sat beside Barby. I wasn't scared pa, but when he kept on looking at Barby, I immediately started a conversation. While we were having a conversation, I was observing the guy. The clothes he wore were clean, his eyes were red and his nails were dirty. Then, he didn't even lean on the window. He kept on looking at Barby's nameplate. Di pa talaga siya mapakali. May kutob nako pero I didn't mind it. After 10 minutes of traveling, naglabas na siya ng knife, telling Barby to give him her bag (Barby's bag was a small black leather bag). Barby was telling the snatcher this: "Manong, bibigay ko na lahat ng pera ko wag lang yung bag ko!" The snatcher said: "wag kang maingay!" I was speechless, I couldn't move. I looked at Rhina, we were about to go down, nakalagay na yung paa namin sa hagdanan ng jeep. But the snatcher said, "subukan niyong bumaba, masasaktan kayo!" Nung narealize niyang narinig na ng ibang pasahero na ninanakawan na kami, tumayo siya at biglang kinuha yung bag ni Rhina (dark green small backpack). Nakipagagawan pa si Rhina pero tinutukan na siya ng knife kaya binigay narin niya. Pagkabigay niya, bumaba kami agad tapos hinabol namin, ang bilis! Hanggang di na namin siya mahanap. We were shocked, sobrang nanginginig na naiyak kaming lahat! Nakuha yung cellphone niya, wallet, projects etc! Pagdating namin sa house ni Barby, tumawag yung snatcher kay Barby kasi natandaan yung name niya sa nameplate. Rhina was begging na ibalik yung project kahit wag na yung cellphone (7210). The snatcher didn't answer and turned off Rhina's cellphone. -END-
Galing akong immersion sa Antipolo with my classmates. Sumakay nanaman kami ng jeep na Divisoria from Cubao since madami naman kami. Nakaupo nanaman ako sa may pinto ng jeep. Bumaba yung mga classmates ko sa UERM, naiwan kami ng 2 kong classmates na bababa sa V. Mapa. Before pa sila bumaba, there was this guy na tingin ng tingin sakin. I told my classmate, "Dan, natatakot ako!" May kutob nako... Nung bumaba na sila, wala nakong katabi, kasi ayaw umusog sa tabi ko yung girl na katabi ng classmate ko. Tumabi sakin yung guy, sa sobrang takot ko at paranoid kasi may kinukuha siya sa bulsa niya, BUMABA ako! Wala akong pakielam kung magbayad ako ulit. I know na talagang snatcher yun. Hay...
3rd scenario: same din ang nangyari kaso sa FX naman... bumaba ako kasi paranoid narin ako sa lahat ng lalaking kakaiba ang kilos at mukha...
-->Never ride a jeep full of guys.
-->Always be aware of your surroundings.
-->Check all the persons inside the jeep.
-->Always bring a pepper spray.
-->Never expose your cellphone, put it in a silent mode.
-->Don't place your phone inside your bag. Place it somewhere na hindi mahahalata ng snatcher. For boys: inside your socks, if you are wearing pants. For girls: in between your breasts, inside the bra. (suggestion of my friend-it's effective)
-->Don't bring big wallets, a small purse will do. Big wallets can attract snatchers.
-->Hide some of your money inside your socks, shoes etc, in case they got your wallet. Para may extra money ka.
-->Don't wear clothes that you'll look rich, simple lang especially pag lagi lang nagcocommute.
-->Always scream, kasi may mga tao sa paligid mo na pwede ka tulungan. Pero in our case, walang tumulong.
-->If you don't have pepper spray, use your umbrella or any sharp objects like ballpen.
-->Don't walk like you're in a procession.
-->Don't go to places na masisikip especially pag backpack ang gamit mo kasi madaling buksan.
-->IMPORTANT: PRAY before leaving and during traveling! Super powerful! I do that all the time.
MY SNATCHER THEORY:
Snatchers are more attracted on leather bags, especially pag small, black or dark colored ang bags. Kaya mga bags ko big and super colorful, with flowers on it. Kasi pag nilagay nila sa backpack nila yun, hindi magkakasya. Or pag ninakaw nila yun na wala silang backpack na dala, halatang magnanakaw sila kasi dala nila bag na pang-girl. Hehe!
***HINDI PA GAWA ANG LRT NUNG TIME NA YAN, LAST SEMESTER LANG YAN..." Kaya ngayon, pag wala akong kasabay pauwi, LRT ako.
Thanks for reading! :)