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Students!! Stay safe! Don’t be a snatch theft victim!

Snatch theft is one of the most commonly reported crimes in Malaysia – most of time, the victims are unassuming women and students.

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The criminals usually work in teams of two or more, usually on a motorbike so they can make a quick getaway. In Malaysia, it has been reported that there were almost 3000 cases in 2015 and this number keeps increasing. Authorities have concluded that 70% of the perpetrators are drug addicts who have resorted to snatch theft to feed their addiction.

These cases can turn very ugly as the poor victims usually sustain serious injuries; either from being dragged behind the bike or being directly harmed by the assailants. Some cases have even lead to fatality.

 

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High-density areas such as Subang Jaya, Damansara, Bangsar, Bukit Bintang, KLCC, Pasar Seni and certain sections of Petaling Jaya have been marked as hunting grounds for these criminals.

 

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Beware! Here are some ways to prepare and to prevent becoming an unfortunate victim:

  • Be alert! Keep your eyes and ears open and be aware of your surroundings. These criminals will usually study your habits and mark you as a target beforehand.
  • Keep your bag close. Don’t have your bag hanging casually off the one shoulder, it makes you an easy target. Keep your bag away from the street side of the curb or sidewalk and never ever leave your bag anywhere unattended.
  • Walk on the right side, if possible, walk in a group. Snatch thieves usually come up from behind a person to catch them unawares. Be sure to walk against traffic, on the inside of the road or sidewalk.
  • Do not flash. Keep your fancy bling at home or at least do not display them when walking around. You should also avoid carrying large sums of cash, and separate them from your ID cards in a secondary wallet or purse.
  • Do not place handbags on passenger seat. When driving, make it a point to keep your handbag under your seat on the floor of the car beside or behind you. You can always place it in a box or on a mat to avoid getting your bag dirty.

 

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  • Unplug! Keep your attention off your phone or other mobile device when walking anywhere. You need to stay alert, remember?

 

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  • Pack that pepper spray! Keep a tube of pepper spray for easy access. These crimes happen in a blink of an eye, but if you manage to get to your pepper spray in time, aim for the attacker’s eyes!

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Smartphone users may opt to use an app called ‘MyDistress’; available for both iPhone and Android. The app is linked directly to the Malaysian Police Force (PDRM) and provides immediate help by sending an alert through your phone.

Don’t be an easy target. Be alert and stay safe.

 

If you have any stories of your own to share, drop us a line on our Facebook page or email us at hello@hostelhunting.com. We’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Zuzanna Ch
World traveller, but with the heart stuck in Malaysia.

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