PHUKET: Following a spate of snatch thefts, the Phuket Tourist Police Foreign Volunteers today issued an advisory warning tourists to keep close watch on their valuables and be on the lookout for potential bag-snatchers.
Bruce Anderson, Team Leader of the Phuket Tourist Police Foreign Volunteers, told the Phuket Gazette that there have been more bag snatchings reported by foreign tourists in the past week.
Culprits tend to target women with shoulder bags or handbags. The pillion passenger does the snatching, while the rider is responsible for ensuring a clean getaway, he said.
“In most cases the attack comes from behind and is very quick,” he said.
The first incident, in Karon last weekend, targeted a Dutch couple. A woman riding pillion dismounted a motorbike to make the snatch before running back to the bike, which then sped off............... more here