Walk in the opposite direction
from oncoming traffic. Besides being able to see oncoming vehicles, you will also be able better spot snatch thieves (normally two males on a motorcyclist) coming towards you.Ladies, carry a small purse
. Do not carry handbag with sling that are easy to snatch or cut. Purse should be held close to your body . Preferably tucked it under the arm.
If you need to carry a handbag for whatever reason. Put your handbag inside a shopping bag or a backpack
. Alternatively you should carry your handbag close
to you but don't wrap the strap around your arm or shoulder and do not try to hold on to your bag if it is snatch. People have been injured or killed by being pulled to the ground by their bag straps.
Carry a backpack as it is harder to steal than a hand held bag, furthermore your hands are free to support you when you are in a bus or a train. Double sling it across your shoulder. I know of someone who had a backpack snatch because she single sling. Always carry your bag in front of you. Do not place your bags on the empty seat beside when seated, put it on you lap.
Lighten your wallet/purse bring along only the essentials. Place it in plastic holder and keep it in a money pouch if you have one otherwise put it in your front pocket. You don't even need to bring your IC as you have your passport for identification. Split your cash and keep them in two or three places on you.