Robbery on a Jeepney Watch Your Back

There are dangers associated with jeepney travel, please be informed.

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Robbery seems to be up this year, already my wife has been robbed once this year and once in December of 2011, both of these were while on a jeepney on her way to school. The first robbery in December of 2011 happened when she was sitting in a jeepney and holding her cell phone up, a guy from outside the jeepney jumped up and grabbed it out of her hand running off with the phone. The second time a passenger sitting next to her reached into her pocket and took about 300 pesos she had in her uniform pocket. Another technique used is to have someone planted next to you with an accomplice near by who when change is returned will drop the change causing a stir and ask you to look under your feet for the coins. When you do the other partner will empty your pockets of your wallet or money. Another method used is to have someone squeeze in real close to you and as he does he attempts to work your wallet out of your back pocket and remove it without you noticing. I recommend not carrying a regular wallet in your back pocket, just too easy to get out. I always carry mine in my front pocket where I can have my hands on it in a crowd. Which reminds me that in a crowd the technique is to bump into you and grab your wallet again back pocket.  I told my wife to get Velcro and put it on her pockets so they are harder to get into. I also recommend not carrying large sums of money so if it happens to you it wont make a big dent in your budget. If any of this has happens to you, please post about it below, tell us exactly how it transpired so we can all be warned.

A related issue happened to my wife’s cousin also our maid. She had been summoned to come to the Parkmall in Mandaue City to meet my wife Marianne after her classes as she had gone shopping and had a lot of bags to carry home. When her cousin only 18 years old arrived at the Parkmall she entered the side street which is quite dimly lighted after dark. Three guys came to her and tried to kidnap her. She resisted making as much commotion as she could and a passer by came to her assistance and the abductors ran away. Be weary of dark streets and enter by the main front entrance after dark where there are more people around Robbers and kidnappers like dark streets not well lit peopled areas.

Be forwarned

Charles Harman

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Does anyone know where I can find walnuts? By the way Gaisano sells sticky buns.

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2 comments

  1. Sorry to hear your wife and maid were targets of these people. This should not deter anyone from going to the Phillipines though. This kind of behavior happens all over the world. I never carry money in my wallet and have my wallet in my front pocket.
    I plan on being a retired resident of your area this year and will heed your warnings.

    Foster

    1. True, this is happening all over the world and in every city, you can’t avoid it. My post is mainly to make us aware and be careful when traveling anywhere not just the philippines. Thanks for your comment I need more comments on my site. It would also be nice if I can get my forum up and running. It’s there but no one is using it. How the heck do you get people to post on a forum?

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