When you're stuck in a traffic jam in Lima, it's always a good idea to roll up your windows. Snatch thieves operate within static and even slow moving traffic, using rob-and-run tactics to strip drivers and passengers of any easily reachable possessions.
Peruvian police have now caught on camera members of a burgeoning and barefaced traffic-theft gang called Los Coyotes. These thieves are highly aggressive in their tactics, attacking in broad daylight and forcing open windows and doors. You can watch the video at The Guardian website.
This type of snatch theft provides yet another reason to choose your taxis carefully in Lima. Rather than jumping into the first beat-up taxi that crosses your path, wait around for a more respectable, modern-looking cab (or, better still, ask your hotel or hostel to call a taxi for you). Modern taxis are normally fitted with central looking, and most reliable taxi drivers will use it -- especially when stuck in traffic.