I get dismayed by all those reports of people having their bags, wallets or jewelry snatched by wayside thieves.
And then there are those who get confronted by menacing looking hoodlums with parangs, knives or sticks and who forcefully take away their wallets, handphones, handbags etc. Some of them even come in gangs on motorbikes.
Get it right. This second activity should be termed robbery. If there are visible weapons like knives, sticks, crash helmets, it's called armed robbery. Not snatch theft. As soon as one is threatened with bodily harm, it's not petty anymore.
We've had a number of cases in our neighborhood some years ago. The modus operandi was to push the victim (mostly ladies) and as soon as they fell, grab their goods and run. One old lady I know was pushed from her bicycle and her necklace was robbed from her neck. I say "robbed" because that's what it was. Daylight robbery. Sudden, violent, and without mercy, they have no qualms about hurting, maiming or even killing their victims.
I think it's time to get this terminolgy right, not for the sake of being politically correct, but for the proper definition for the law to mete out punishment to fit the crime. Whether the law-keepers are really doing their jobs properly or not, is a different matter.
For our neighborhood, perhaps the law to their credit, caught up with the guy or guys. There's been some peace and quiet for a while now. But that doesn't mean we don’t keep our eyes open our doors locked or go out decked out in our jewelry.