How to Prevent a ‘Snatch and Run’ on Your Property

24/7 Software
Oct 17, 2019 7:00:00 AM

“A thief walked into a San Francisco gallery on Sunday afternoon, plucked a rare Salvador Dalí from an easel in the front window, and strode out the door,” writes Laurel Wamsley in their recent NPR article entitled “Salvador Dalí Etching Stolen From San Francisco Gallery In 'Snatch And Run.”

“Rasjad Hopkins, associate director at Dennis Rae Fine Art Gallery, was working at the time. The door to the gallery was open, and Hopkins had his back turned,” shares Wamsley.

"Snatch and run," Hopkins tells NPR.

According to the NPR piece, “It took just a few minutes to realize the etching was gone. For some reason, the work hadn't been locked with a tether as it normally was.”

“Hopkins never did see the thief, though surveillance footage from the hotel next door appears to show a young man in a flat-brim cap holding the work casually in one hand as he walks down Geary Street in the Union Square neighborhood,” writes Wamsley.

"Never saw him before in my life," Hopkins said in the article.

“The hand-colored etching is called Burning Giraffe (1966), and it's from a series in which the famous surrealist riffed on works by Pablo Picasso. In the Picasso series, the Spanish painter depicts all the stages of a bullfight,” Wamsley explains.

Wamsley emphasizes, “Hopkins says that of Dalí's etchings, Burning Giraffe was the most important. It's numbered, one of a series of 100 made on the same kind of paper.”

Let’s look at the perspective of how important this piece is.

How does this resonate with you?

Is there a specific part of your operation that’s vulnerable – one you want to protect?

What’s your Burning Giraffe?

It could be one aspect of your operation or the entire operation you’re focused on protecting.

Either way, you’ve got to lock it with a tether to ensure no one pulls a ‘snatch and run’ on your property.


Keep reading; we’re going to put you in the best position to prevent this on your property.

You need to employ Proactive Operations.


Proactive Operations is a methodology by which property operations utilize strategy, infrastructure, and technology to achieve maximum performance.

With Proactive Operations, your organization can manage everything that occurs to ensure a safe and memorable experience for your customers.

Unlike reactive operations, Proactive Operations provides you a disciplined framework for streamlining processes, resources, personnel, information, and communication.

By continuously examining, improving, and optimizing your operation, you program your ability to manage everything 24/7 365 – proactively.

That means you’re doing even more than preventing a ‘snatch and run.’

You’re turning your entire operation around and maximizing your abilities across the board.

How does that sound?

Employ Proactive Operations.

And then gain all the benefits and advantages of running a world-class operation.

  • Awareness
  • Communication
  • Documentation
  • Analysis
  • Agile Operations
  • Organized Personnel
  • Streamlined Information Flow
  • Industry-Focused Technology
  • Unified Platform
  • Real-Time Communications

We’re not kidding.

Take control of your operation, and theft will be one problem you’ll know how to solve – proactively.

Ready to learn more about Proactive Operations? Make your way to our comprehensive resource here and give us a call to chat about what you learned.


You want to avoid vulnerability throughout your operation. The thought of a ‘snatch and run’ occurring on your property is terrifying. No one wants to be exposed.

That’s why you need to take proactive measures to achieve the level of performance to prevent this. You need Proactive Operations. Employing this methodology will empower your team to check a ‘snatch and run’ off the list of concerns, so you can focus on creating memories for customers.

Learn how to make the not-so-giant leap to Proactive Operations

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