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allanphang
09-01-2003, 08:40 PM
As the topic suggests....I nearly became a victim of mugging today.

It was raining cats & dogs this evening about 4pm+ , and as I was walking past my college, there's this open air parking bay I was passing by, about 1/2 the size of a futsal soccer pitch. It's next to Taylor's College. Just right at the end of the shoplots,there's this carpark which becomes a Western food restaurant at night. Usually lotsa people pass by that particular section, but because of the heavy rain, only a handful went pass that place.

It was raining heavily so I walked under the shade. Was alone at that time and suddenly, someone shouted from behind asking me to stop. Obvious reaction would be to stop and see what's the matter.

There were two adults, twenty-something, one quite well-built(A) about 5ft 8",the other plump(B) & about 5ft 6".

They asked me whether I passed by that place yesterday and "pao" (= mug) anyone. Then they asked me which gang I'm from. Unfortunately, I don't participate in those activities so I said 'no' and A passed me his hp (Nokia 6510) & asked me to talk to the guy on the phone.

Meanwhile,the other accomplice,B, wanted to have a look at my phone to check my number (duh?). Silly me, I passed the phone to him thinking that I've got the "insurance" with the other guy's 6510.

The man on the phone asked me questions like which gang I'm from, where I live,my age and name.Which of course I failed to answer correctly & have to deny that I don't participate in any of those activities.

Later on I passed the 6510 back to A and then he immediately demanded to see my college ID card,which only then I suspect something amiss.

I said "for what" and then noticed at the same moment, B was gonna put my hp into his pocket. That's when the alarm bells started ringing and I said "woi,what you doing?".

B then said "nothing" and took my hp and wiped on his shirt saying "i'm cleaning it". I then realised what their true intentions were at that point !

I asked for my hp back and B didn't respond. Then I said.. "you know who am I". Then A said "who?". I said "my father is a policeman". I think those few words shocked them cause.....

Immediately I sounded them damn loud (can hear from 1 end of a football field to another) I said "Don't f*ck around with my phone". I managed to grab it away from B and repeated even louder the same sentence.At that time,a few passerbys were approaching.

I then walked away from the shade under the rain with my umbrella. B then came forward towards me with a fist in the air. I was prepared for an attack, but thank God that didn't have to happen.

I pretended calling my so-called "gang" with my hp and they pretended like they were gonna follow me all the way. Suprisingly, A asked B to stop following me after taking about 10 steps and they fled towards the residential area soaking wet under the downpour.

Some facts :

a) I know they're talking a load of BS regarding the gang thingy cause I never did mug anyone the previous day (not like I would've mug on any day for that matter) nor do I participate in any form of gangsterism.

b)Their tactic was sneaky...sly like a fox..and quite trusting...by letting me hold his hp and taking mine at the same time & pretending like I'm some sort of mistaken identity.

c) I was outnumbered, 2 to 1, under the circumstances that if I were to put up a fight and end up on the receiving end(in case they've been practising their 2 in 1 combo or are just as good as me if not better) nobody would even know what's happening cause the sound of raindrops falling down hard like a monsoon successfully drowned the whole incident.

d)I'm no Jackie Chan and if they had a knife with them it'll be a more complicated affair under those environmental conditions.

e) My mistake was passing my mobile to them. If I were to show them my ID,they' probably rob me off my wallet.

f) I quote Sun Tzu's Art of War ..."If equally matched,we can offer battle,if slightly inferior in numbers,we can avoid the enemy;if quite unequal in every way, we can flee from him.

I chose the second one. If they whipped out a knife or gun,I'd go for the third option & flee like a cat to water.

Cos previously a friend of mine (he's well-built & has a taekwondo belt,rank just below black) got mugged while he was walking at nite in the SS15 residence next to Taylor's College. Someone came up to him & tried mugging him with a knife. He quickly made a dash & fled to safety. I asked him why didn't he show his skills & whack the fella ?? He said "my master used to tell me, never show your stuff eventhough you can do it cos 'safety first', and if no other options, then only use it in self-defense to protect yourself".

Moral of the story is, if the same thing were to happen to you in future,you'd know what these individuals are up to cause "I lived to tell the tale"...

At the end of the day, two muggers got washed out under the downpour using wits vs. muscles, and I get to keep my 3310...

Take care folks !

Cheers,
Allan

sinleong
11-01-2003, 01:43 AM
yesterday, a friend of mine was robbed of his handphone, a nokia 8310. he just walked out of his house and a malay man on a motorbike approached him. he asked my friend if he could make a call with his mobile phone. being a friendly guy, my friend lent him his phone. after making the call, he asked my friend where he was going. later, he gave my friend a lift to subang parade. at subang parade, he made another call from my friend's handphone. after the call, he just rode away on his motorbike together with the phone.

moral of the story: no need to be nice to anyone. never lend your phone to anyone you do not know.

luke
11-01-2003, 10:18 AM
These people are the nothing 2 do people..
good move Allan..but next time..just walk away and don't even start a conversation with them..

1> what rights they have? haha

jericho
13-01-2003, 10:26 AM
Last friday night, a friend of mine got his handphone (Nokia 8250) snatched at a mamak stall near the Goodyear court 7. I was with him when the incident happened. That mamak stall was full of people!

We were sitting at the mamak stall chit chatting and he left his handphone on the table. A small frame sized malay/indonesian guy (around 162cm) walking pass our table and all of a sudden snatched the handphone away from the table. I gave him a good chase but unfortunately an accomplice was waiting for him with a bike not far away. He managed to jump on the bike and both of them fled away.

Therefore please DO NOT LEAVE your valuables on table while at mamak stall.

jericho
15-01-2003, 03:09 PM
Each mobile handset came with a unique IMEI identification code.

The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique 15-digit code used to identify an individual GSM mobile telephone to a GSM network.

In most countries, the mobile communication operator has a ban-list database containing IMEI number of stolen handset. This policy is to prevent someone from using stolen handset and thus reducing the chances of getting ones handset stolen. Handset reported stolen to the operator will not be able to log onto the GSM network. Stolen handset are worthless in these countries.

Now back to our country, last month my handset was stolen and I made a police report and also reported to my network operator. I provided my network operator with my handset's IMEI and requested them to ban it on their network. But to my surprised, they won't do it or rather they don't practice it. I believe they see it more as a business opportunity for them rather than helping the public to get rid this type criminal. They just hope that the person who stole my handset will subscribe to their network and thus bringing in more $$ into their pocket!

In a way they are encouraging this type of criminal! The CMC (Communications & Multimedia Commission) agency should make it complusory for every network operator to maintain a IMEI database of reported stolen handset. This will reduce the crime of stealing handset and also reduce the workload of police. The police can spend their time on other crime prevention activities.

pcyeoh
15-01-2003, 04:55 PM
Easier said than done. Any service provider would not want to get entangled with legal issues later on. If I were them, why bother. You think the service provider wants an additional burden to track on reported stolen handphones? ".....helping the public to get rid this type criminal......" as you want them to be is none of their business. We don't see an eradication or drastic drop in the incidents of stolen motor vehicles even with the measures adopted by JPJ and the police. Bottomline is, those who lost their handphones or being robbed of one are usually the careless ones. Knowing very well that petty crime is everywhere, if you flaunt your state of the art handphone in public, then be prepared to get it robbed or snatched from you. The same thing goes with jewellery. As for me, I go for a functional phone that does not cost me an arm and a leg. In the event should I lose it after 4 years of usage, it is not so sakit hati. In fact, I am trying to lose it. Excuse me, I have to go. My phone finally rang. It has not been ringing for a couple of days - that cheapskate model.........

jericho
15-01-2003, 05:30 PM
pcyeoh,

I think you got me wrong. I don't expect the service provider to track the stolen phone. All it needed to do is to activate the database of ban-list IMEI on its network. This is part of the features of modern telecommunication technology. And of course it is not 100% fool proof but at least it will help in reducing the rising number of handphone theft.

Some service providers in Australia already implemented this policy into their network in order to help eradicate the handphone theft. And England already have it quite sometime ago and a new bill is being tabled to penalise those who modify the IMEI on their phone.

Actually come to think of it, the service provider can charge user a fee if they want to have their handset IMEI on the ban-list if it got stolen. This way I think the service provider will definitely go for it. More $$$ in the pocket ma.....

CH
15-01-2003, 05:30 PM
Typical Asian mindset that get all of us in trouble.

If everyone spend a minute think for others, we will have less inconvinience and we will have less anger, lesser people will lose their temper, and ...

well .......:(