Moped Snatchers ....how would deal with them


Yee har!
 
A new sport could be instituted with a slight variation on this...

It’s called 'Catch a phone thief’. Person stands by the roadside making a phone call in an area where these guys operate. The phone would be a dummy that has some attachments.

Taped to the back of the phone are two reasonably sized fishing hooks set at an appropriate angle. These are attatched to some decent strength leader, and a length of reasonably strong fishing line, the other end of which has been securely fastened to some bollard, road sign or other reasonably immobile fixture.

Length of line optional but enough so that after the ‘snatch’ by the pillion thief they have enough time to be far enough from the ‘angler’ that he can unobtrusively remove hims self to a safer distance to observe the subsequent ‘strike’.

As can be seen even with quite small hooks removal is not that easy and the gent with the phone will be around in time to be seen to by the police who will be there to assist him in his predicament.
 
A new sport could be instituted with a slight variation on this...

It’s called 'Catch a phone thief’. Person stands by the roadside making a phone call in an area where these guys operate. The phone would be a dummy that has some attachments.

Taped to the back of the phone are two reasonably sized fishing hooks set at an appropriate angle. These are attatched to some decent strength leader, and a length of reasonably strong fishing line, the other end of which has been securely fastened to some bollard, road sign or other reasonably immobile fixture.

Length of line optional but enough so that after the ‘snatch’ by the pillion thief they have enough time to be far enough from the ‘angler’ that he can unobtrusively remove hims self to a safer distance to observe the subsequent ‘strike’.

As can be seen even with quite small hooks removal is not that easy and the gent with the phone will be around in time to be seen to by the police who will be there to assist him in his predicament.
Not one of the muppets picking up the pack considered for a moment that it could be an IED.
Nor presumably did the pranksters think about the bag being seen & reported as suspicious, with the ensuing costs & disruption.
 
Hopefully none of these moped scum would either, and no-one will report someone making a phone call by the side of the road.

The US is probably not quite so alert to suspicious packages/parcels.

Prizes could be awarded to the size/weight...or no of phones previously stolen by the ‘catch’.

Being dragged of the moped might subdue the ‘catch’ but it would then be up to the responding ‘services’ to use a baton/taser/CS to complete the process.

Unfortunately it is more likely to be ambulance and bags of sympathy.
 
Not one of the muppets picking up the pack considered for a moment that it could be an IED.
Nor presumably did the pranksters think about the bag being seen & reported as suspicious, with the ensuing costs & disruption.
Remote controlled exploding phones are the way forward.
 
You cannot stop them as the whole concept of crime and punishment in this country is down the pan.

Make the punishment fit the crime and relevant to the injury / inconvenience caused to the victim of the crime.

Make prison more like prison than Butlins.
 
Further to the above, in our local newspaper a short time ago, a prolific burglar was given a suspended 3 month prison sentence and 100 hours of community service.

He had been positively identified for over 20 burglaries over a 12 month period and asked for "other offences" to be taken into consideration. Local rumour is that he had done over 100 homes and nicked around £10k worth of gear including laptops, cash, X-boxes, cameras and jewellery. He was caught trying to sell a camera to an off-duty PCSO in a pub.

He won't get jailed unless he gets caught again (very unlikely) and then will only seve 4 - 6 weeks in low security where he will be clothed, fed and get his daily methodone plus all the spice he can afford. His "community service" consists of litter picking plus some light gardening of which he will probably actually work for about 20-25 hours, the rest of the time will be spent dossing.
 

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