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Mobile Theft in BMTC buses

Well, this is some thing I had heard of and was not expecting to experience.
I bought a brand new Nokia 5800 about 6 months ago and have fallen Victim of petty thieves in BMTC buses.
I got in to a non Volvo bus near Jayadeva flyover to head to Dairy Circle, IBC Park.
This is a mere distance of 2 km or so.
Bus was not very crowded and I was standing near front door as my destination was not very far.
I noticed a couple of guys who were also standing near me and I assumed that probably they also want to get down near by.
As soon as bus started one guy came behind me while two more guys quickly moved near closed bus door.
One guy in white shirt was standing next to me.
The guy who was behind me came forward and now there were three guys near closed door.
Bus stopped on next station and none of them got down nor were they willing to move and give space to incoming passengers.
Then was the next stop where I had to get down (and all this while I did not have an iota of impression about their objective). There were still three guys near exit door, so I asked them to move and give me space.
Though they did not bother to move, I tried to get down from remaining space and noticed some scuffle behind me (though I still did not bother to check my mobile and wallet).
This is when I got down from bus and saw a couple of guys getting in to another bus from the bus I was in.
At this point I realized not having my mobile with me, and was completely in shock to do any thing.
My intention of this blog is to make Bangalorean aware of such incidents which might be very common in BMTC buses, so if you notice –
  • Unnecessary scuffle in bus,
  • Guys standing at exit door, but not getting down,
  • Some one standing too close to you despite having sufficient space in bus,
  • Guys moving back and forth in bus
Then these are clear signs of you being next victim of mobile theft in BMTC bus.
Having realized that I had lost my mobile the very fist thing I did was to block the SIM as it was post paid connection.
Then I approached near by police station to lodge an FIR though was directed to go to another police station of. (Can’t there be coordination among police stations so we could lodge FIR any where)
When I approached another police station I was given all sorts of cogent comments to as to why FIR can not be launched in this case. (For some time I felt as if my mobile is not stolen at all!!!)
Finally they agreed to take complaint (though not FIR) and got me one acknowledgement.
Though I don’t have any hope of getting my mobile back, I wish that this post of mine would caution other about mobile theft in BMTC buses.


  1. same thing here today... Not only did i get pickpocketed two other chaps got pickpocketed of their mobiles as well. I am checking through various blogs, this is starting to b much of a problem in bangalore, and these people are turning out to be professional. And it was just two or three there were at least 12 people who boarded the bus in a frenzy. and all of them exited the bus in a similar fashion. i am sure more than three of us lost our mobiles today. BTW this happened between Kormangala and Egipura.

  2. Hei... Today it was around my turn of loosing my LG cookie mobile phone, but luckily could escape when I felt some one trying to remove it..
    This happened when I’m travelling from jaya nagar 9th block to banshankari. The guy standing next to me was holding a big jacket in his hand, covering my pocket and his hand, he slowly started pushing my mobile upwards from jeans pocket, when I realized something moving from my pocket. Mobile was almost half outside when I checked it, and that fellow in turn started shouting that I’m standing in the way and he wants to get down.. I was in shock and by the time I realized they got down. There were 3 people and they immediately crossed the road and took the bus moving on opposite direction… I think it’s better to be careful and watch for the people standing beside us.. Especially if they are trying to forcibly cover our pockets with some things….

  3. Well Jacob, I have my sympathy with you and Satya, appreciate your consciousness.

  4. After reading the above posts, I now remember how I lost my Nokia 2690 today. I'm guessing that as soon as the bus 342 arrived at the Koramangala Water Tank bus stop many people surrounded me and started to push me to get inside the bus. It was a Pushpak bus ie front entry and one guy just stood near the door and blocked me from entering while others from behind started to push me from behind. In that complication somebody might have lifted my 1 month old mobile from my front left pocket. My wallet which was on front right pocket was safe. The guy who was standing in front of me did not board the bus and came outside the bus, hence this thought.

    Guess there is a gang operating in this area & my friend has also lost his mobile near Domlur. In his case the police refused to take complaint & asked him to get the original bill of purchase of mobile.

    In my case I needed to block my BSNL SIM. Even for blocking my SIM BSNL asked for a police "Lost SIM" complaint (not FIR). Finally I took a duplicate SIM after giving a copy of police complaint.

    What is a possible solution to mobile thefts ?

  5. police... they r good for nothing...when I went to complain I was told so rubbish that I felt I did not loose my mobile...

  6. Feeling like hell. Same thing happened to me yesterday in Banashankari bus stand while I was trying to borad a Volvo to Ecity. I had my 18K Samsung mobile on my shirt pocket. The bus was empty and there was no crowd, but there was this guy blocking me to board the bus as I approached the front door..I asked him to give space but he resisted for a few seconds and then let me go...then he got down from the other door..I felt me pocket and realized my mobile is gone..I could see the guy standing in outside and I came out of the bus to catch him...but he was no where to be seen. I logdged a complaint in police station. They were giving me all gyan of why I did not have a insurance for mobile etc. Though I don't have hope of getting it back, I look for those guyd in the bus stand everyday.

  7. @Anony,

    I can only sympathise with you. Looks like u lost cell same was as I did. I hope more and more people become aware of it, and best don't use costly phone if using public transport.
    And I dare say to not expect any support from Police.


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