We don’t know for sure where this picture was taken (there’s talk of it being in the Bangsar or Bukit Pantai area, but nothing certain) or what the hook at the end of his hand is really there for, but we can speculate that this is exactly the type of tool used by snatch thieves to quickly nab the bags and/or belongings of unsuspecting pedestrians, with most victims being women.
Even more alarming is that, given the normally-concealed nature of the hook, the use of tools could mean this isn’t the only case. It’s gruesome to think of what could happen if that hook was used in a snatch theft incident gone wrong. In addition to this possibly being common practice among bike-mounted criminals, they could be hiding other tools/weapons that could be used to shatter windows or even cause outright bodily harm, making motorcycle and car passengers at risk as well. To that end, we have compiled a list of useful tips for women to stay safe on the road, there you'll find some useful bits that could prove vital to keep you out of harm's way.
We would like to leave you with a gentle reminder for all to stay safe on the streets and to always be aware of your surroundings.