I was mugged on lower Bermondsey St. last night (opposide hand & marigold pub) at around 8.30pm by a young lad on a boris bike. Obviously an incredibly frustrating experience, and did the expected block phone, blacklist IMEI with provider, report to the Met.
But what I've found most shocking was upon walking down Bermondsey St. this evening at around 7pm, I witnessed the immediate aftermath of another mobile phone mugging taking place on the pedestrian crossing near the Watch House cafe. Again, two young lads both on bicycles.
Could be a coincidence and I'm not a fan or fear-mongering, but definitely worth keeping your wits about you and your phone out of sight in the local area on an evening right now.
On Facebook, there is a group Social Awareness for SE16, everyday there are reports of muggings by Canada Water Station. The muggers have ear pieces and speak to each other, one watches whilst the other cycles around to grab the phone. Its certainly on the increase.
I used to work off Bermondsey Street and lost count of the number of incidents like this, both here and in Tanner Street Park. It is incredibly common elsewhere too. I witnessed the same outside Borough Tube station a few weeks ago and on Blackfriars Road recently too.
Best advice is to be uber careful when using your phone on the street and avoid completely if you can.
Incidentally, if all they did was snatch your phone then you have been robbed, not mugged. If you were physically assaulted or threatened with it then you were, indeed, mugged. These guys rarely do the latter. They just snatch and run or cycle off. The last thing they want is time spent in an altercation where someone else might intervene.