In the last three weeks, at least four houses have been broken into in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. In one case, a maid was found murdered in the house.
This topic is pretty hot among residents in this neighbourhood. They are so fearful of being the next victim.
Really. It is a case of "it can happen to you".
Consider this -- about three weeks ago, my friend, Mia, came face to face with one of two intruders at her home.
She had gone to fetch her daughter from school, the duration of which was about 20 minutes. When they returned home, they were shocked when they noticed two men in their house.
On hearing them, the men rushed out. One fled through the broken side door and jumped over the neighbour's wall, while the other brushed past them, out of the gate. Both got into a waiting car.
Mia immediately lodged a police report. But how odd that the policeman kept asking her whether she was really really sure about wanting to make a report.
She told me she was at first a little puzzled by this. Then she got a little irritated.
"Was he reluctant to take my report? Of course I was sure about wanting to make the report, for heaven's sake...Two men had broken into my house. The only reason they were not able to take off with my belongings was that they had no time to do that as I had come home a little too soon.
"That's the least of my worry.... I am just so thankful that neither I nor my daughter was hurt," she told me.
That same afternoon, in a house just down the road, a maid was found murdered.
Mia now lives in fear. And she is not alone.
In her case. the perpetrators were "foreign-looking". She noticed that they were young, perhaps in their 20s, and looked middle-eastern or South American. That kind of physical appearance.
These days, I always check the front door to make sure it is locked, and the gate, to make sure it is closed.
And, oh....every time I leave the house, I am on the look-out for "strange" cars and even stranger characters lurking near my house.
I think I have become paranoid.