Eurotrans3111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1171 times:
On Thursday last week (4th March ) I had the terrible experience of being robbed of my mobile phone. Five youths wearing 'hoodies' and covering their faces with scarves attacked me on a side street and out of view of the CCTV cameras. Even though I am 6'2 in height and can usually hold my own against others I was taken by surprise. One of them suddenly charged me headfirst in the stomach knocking me to the floor .I was pinned down and thats when my mobile was taken along with the small amount of money I had. I was on my way home at the time.
After they had ran off I managed to get to the Police Station but it was 'Unmanned', out of normal office hours. I walked home dazed, shaken and bruised. My mother took one look at me and knew what had happened.
This is the second time I have been robbed of a phone.
The mobile has been replaced, but this experience has left me not wanting to go out alone anywhere. All my friends have rallied around me and for that I am grateful but as it was said to me these 'vermin' could have been armed
with knives. They have not been caught and are believed to be responsible for a spate of similar attacks over recent weeks.
Its a sad and bad world we live in and its left me really scared.
Have any of you out there had this kind of experience? sorry I dont reply as I do not have enough posts yet.
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8349 posts, RR: 11 Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1141 times:
I was held up at gunpoint in my driveway in March 2001, the day after I got my new BMW, three guys approached me as I came out of the garage, as I put my hands up I threw the car key into the bushes (stupid I know).
They took my wallet and my cell phone, luckily my neighbour came out and they took off before they could get the car.
My wife wasn't so lucky in July last year, she turned into the driveway and a car followed her in, once again three guys, one put a gun to her head and took all her jewellery while another took her BMW and everything in it, including cellphone, handbag with wallet and passport and crewcard and airline ID, everything is replaceable but it was obviously a frightening experience, then there's the inconvenience of cancelling cards and replacing everything.
This is such a common crime here now it hardly gets a mention on the news anymore.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
Fritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1135 times:
A 14 year old Turkish kid tried to rob me in Stockholm during the summer. He came up to me and told me to give him my wallet and handy. This kid was like 150 cm tall and the biggest weakling and I am 185 and pretty well built. I told him to f*ck off, and he then said that he had some friends waiting around the corner. I looked around myself and saw nobody, so I just pushed him to the ground and walked away. He then got up and ran away.
MAS A330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1131 times:
Yes, i was robbed of my mobile, by someone I know. It was a new Nokia 6510 and the idiot ran off with it. Me and some friends found him a few hours later, but the phone had been sold. We gave him a beating.
Sonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1118 times:
Fritzi, I had quite the same experience. There is one quite unsafe place in the city which I knew before from newspapers and what friends have told that cell phones are frequently stolen there and there are lots of various low-lifes (not sure why, but I believe it could be because some drug-selling point is near near, so these people steals to get money for drugs...). However, me and friend at a time forgot this and went through that street to make the road shorter (I went through there one or two times before that too and nothing happened, so I didn't thought it's actually unsafe). A man than came near us and asked for 50 cents. It wasn't too suspicious then, but now I am quite sure that he would just have looked where we keep money and probably cell-phones and then steel it all. I said we don't have this money - actually, this was somewhat true, as I had only 20 Litas banknote. Than he started to threaten us, like "Do you need problems?", etc. We just walked near him and I sometimes replied that I don't have any money. Later he started to threaten us even more, ask for other things instead of money, say that he will supposedly kill us with knife if we will run in "that street at the end of this one". However, in that street he was mentioning there were lots more people, he wouldn't actually have done there that as I was sure (although it was still scary). He just didn't wanted us to go there because he knew that he couldn't follow us in that street. Actually, I was right - he stopped pursuing us exacly near that major street. Although we were two and he was only one (but I wouldn't be surprised if he actually had friends somewhere near) and we lost nothing, it was quite scary experience.
I personally try never to speak on cell-phone in public and I am rarely carrying it . I know several people who lost their phones this way. Also, I am planning to get an old phone which it wouldn't be a big lost to loose.
Andz, if I am correct, South African government even banned reporting statistics of crimes... It's sad to see a once great country ending up like this. Since ANC taken power, situation is only descending it seems... Biggest percent of policemen being killed on job in the world, biggest number of child rapes per 1000 people in the world... Just a few achievements of the mentioned party's policy. They surely made people's life equal - just that they made it equally hard for all. It's more and more a typical African state now. More and more like Zimbabwe with gangs terrorising and killing farmers, etc. What is different (for now) is just that government doesn't *officially* support this like in the mentioned country to the north of ZA. At least for now...
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53 Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1088 times:
It happened to me too...over the summer I was driving in Trenton, New Jersey, to the train station there to pick up a friend, and then I hit a rut in the road way too fast and my hubcap went flying off and I thought I might have gotten a flat, so after I picked up my friend we went to the nearest gas station still in Trenton where I called AAA and they sent a truck out, but they said it would take about 45 minutes or so. While we were waiting, a shady black man came on a bike and offered to help, but we said no, we're fine (he was trying to go for the car first, he wanted the keys), then he wanted money, so we each gave him a dollar and hoped he would go away, and at that point I stupidly decided to take my phone out and make a call home to just update my folks on the situation. When I was done, he said he needed to make a call so I stupidly gave him my phone and he took off on the bike, and my friend chased after him in a futile gesture. Needless to say I felt really stupid, but it could have been much worse, as he was trying to go for our car like I said earlier. What pisses me off is there was about 5 other people at the gas station who saw this whole thing happening and didn't blink an eye at it...must be a common event...so what lessons did I learn?
1. Never go to Trenton, New Jersey
2. If you must go to Trenton, stay there for as little as possible
3. Drive slowly on the roads of Trenton, they are the worst maintained roads in the country
4. If you develop car problems, get across the bridge to Pennsylvania before investigating.
5. Never give anything to anyone in Trenton
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Sonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1078 times:
Moolies, sorry, but I didn't understood what you said (was it directed at me?). You are telling that Afrikaners should go out to "Eastern Europe and etc." if I am not mistaken? Or that they should stop driving cars (bought in Eastern Europe)? Or both? Do you mean that these thieves can't be stopped and the only thing to do this is for white people to move out or stop driving cars?
I could reply here, but I won't since I do hope I misunderstood you and you really meant something else.
Rojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 10 Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1075 times:
I don't even bother to count how many times I've been robbed any more. Although I live in London now and I can say I find this city 110% safer than Mexico City, I usually keep my anti robbery instinct on. After living in a very unsafe city, you develop some techniques to avoid being robbed, like knowing, at all times, what is happening in the surroundings, avoiding walking through dangerous areas, etc. Of course, some thieves are very clever and will manage to do their work, but believe me, most of them try to take people by surprise and don't bother to get themselves in danger when their potential victim is alert...
Hope you get over this experience soon. Sometimes you keep remembering that you could have done something to avoid it, my advice is that you just try to think something else when you start remembering!!
N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2679 posts, RR: 17 Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1061 times:
Back when mobile phones came in the nice softside leather bags (you remember those phones dont you?) my mother had hers stolen. Her Teal Green 94 Mercury Cougar was in the garage and the thief came right in and pinched the phone.. nothing else, just the bag phone. We never found out who it was.
Fly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19 Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1055 times:
Rojo: I know what you are talking about. I currently do not live in Mexico City, but I travel a lot there due to business. When I come back to Cancun I seldom find myself sharpening my instincts and trying to grab a mental picture of what it is going on around me! Amazing and at the same time shameful for our city!
Have you reported the robbery to your phone company?. I was robbed once of my mobile. I called the company and they cancelled the unit and transferred the same number to a new phone that I had to buy. The only use or benefit the damn robbers can have of my original phone is of a state-of-the-art paperweight.
There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54 Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1052 times:
I had my phone stolen from a club. It was in my jacket that was in amongst a huge pile of other jackets and when I came to go home my jacket wasn't there. I asked the bouncers if they had a jacket handed in, which they had - and it was mine but the phone was gone from out of the pocket. I was well annoyed, not about the phone as that was insured and I got a better one anyway but I lost all my numbers, and had some tasty chicks numbers on it too
I don't know why people steal mobile phones these days. In the UK if you call up you mobile service provider to report it stolen, they barr your handset and it becomes a usless piece of junk that can never be used again.
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CON207 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 292 posts, RR: 11 Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1037 times:
Yes Eurotrans3111 did report it to the phone company. The IMEI number was registered and consequently the phone is now a worthless piece of metal .
I'm his mum. Eurotrans sends his sincere thanks to everyone for their replies.
CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4761 posts, RR: 25 Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1024 times:
It is suprising to hear so many people getting their phones stolen considering the resale market on the phones is very low. Would the theif not have to change the IMEI number in order to continue using the phone (banned by the telco)?
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8349 posts, RR: 11 Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 7 hours ago) and read 1009 times:
Sonic, I think Moolies was referring to the old "supply and demand" principle, it has long been held that the high rate of hijackings in South Africa is being driven by the trade in stolen cars, cellphones etc, and if there was no market there would be no crime. There have been stories of people being held up, a phone call made and the victims being released because "we don't need this make/model/colour today"
The stolen goods are suspected of being spirited across into neighbouring states and then on to who knows where.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
Sonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 7 hours ago) and read 1008 times:
Oh, I see it now Andz. However, I do believe that re-sale market will never go out unless the crime will be fought against (as in many cases people buying cars doesn't knows they are stolen elsewhere). The only possibility to stop it (or to seriously lower it) is to fight it to such a level where stealing/getting new documents/et.c would become more expensive due to police operations and such things. I know that they ussually steals it according to colour and model, however here the thieves ussually knows what they needs before attempts to steal. Because probably 95% of stolen cars from Lithuania goes to Russia, more and more people buys cars, which has unpopular colours/versions there (e.g. red or orange SUVs, combi cars (like VW variant, Audi avant, BMW touring)), so the stolen percent of those is much lower (than of e.g. black SUVs or sedans).