I just want to warn travellers out there to be extra careful.
I was using google maps to navigate. I was around street 51 on the way to Lakeside at around 9pm. I was crossing the street, which was quite difficult considered nobody actually follow the rules, so I stopped in middle of the road to wait for the opposite lane to clear so I could cross to the street.
Next thing I knew, I was shouting, my iPhone was gone!!! it happened so fast!! I was still in the middle of the traffic when it happened. I chased them down to the dark alley, i slowed myself down as I got a bad feeling about it. I was so angry!! They were on a bike, I can tell they are professional, I was holding it so tight and they managed to steal it right before my eyes.
Later I heard from my hotel that some people actually got hurt by stopping them, so it was sort of blessing in disguise that I stopped chasing them the dark alley. It happens quite alot in Phnom Penh.
Later on I contacted Apple online and they taught me to go to find my iphone app.
Now this is very important for iphone users. Download the latest ios7 and turn on your find my iphone app. They have this function called activation lock. I knew that there is no way I could get my phone back and I won't let them have it as well. Apple guided me through the steps to erase all my iphone data via the app. This is great because by doing so, there is NO WAY they can use that phone forever. The thief will need my apple id and password. There is no way they can ever use it, nor can they sell it to someone else.
I just lost 700 bucks worth of phone and all my cambodia photos are in there as well. It was all gone.
Advice: Don't go through dark alley. Always keep your phone in the pocket. Don't go out late at night. Don't try to fight with them as the might carry weapon and you could get hurt.
I will never go back to Cambodia again.Edited: 01 November 2013, 09:07