From The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman will be meeting with shopping mall security
management teams to address the recent cases of women who were attacked
at several shopping mall car parks in the city.
Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said he planned
to organise the meeting as soon as possible to discuss security
measures employed by the shopping malls.
Comm Mohd Bakri said most cases of theft and armed robbery involved male suspects.
“These suspects are highly opportunistic and look for the easiest way to rob a victim.
“The reason most of these criminals attack women is because they are less likely to fight back,” he told The Star.
He added that the environment and surrounding area also played a big part in criminal activity.
“In most of these cases, the attacks took place in dark, secluded
areas and criminals are more likely to attack in these areas as there is
less likelihood of people witnessing their crimes.”
Comm Mohd Bakri said upgrading closed-circuit camera systems (CCTV)
at shopping mall car parks would be one of the topics discussed as it
helped in identifying criminals.
The cases of women being attacked by armed men came to light after
Internet marketeer Chin Xin-Ci posted on Facebook her ordeal of being
attacked and almost kidnapped by two men at a shopping mall car park.
Less than 24 hours after that incident, two women were robbed of RM80,000 from the same place.
Following that, another woman was robbed at the outdoor parking lot near 1Utama shopping centre on June 4.
The suspect who was armed with a parang approached her as she was getting into her car and forced her to drive to an ATM.
More recently a woman nearly had her finger severed by an armed
robber as she stopped in front of her friend’s house along Jalan Datuk
Sulaiman 4 at Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
Just 32 hours earlier, another woman was robbed and slashed on the
head while she was walking towards her car at the Mid Valley MegaMall
I beg to differ with Bakri: these days criminals are targeting "ordinary" neighbourhoods and relatively safe areas.
That is why you hear sighs of dismay and despair : "It's not safe to walk to your neighbour's house now", "it's not safe to be in front of your gate now", "it's not safe to park in shopping centres anymore".
IT'S NOT SAFE ANYWHERE ANYMORE!
We've all got to learn to accept that no where is safe?That is so sad.
Anywhere can be a criminal's target because, most times, these criminals are "opportunistic", yet they do their own background checks. that is why they know where to best get their victims.
The Curve parking area is one of the safest, I'll tell you that. I've been there at 10pm at night to join my siblings or friends at Red Box...Balik lambat - tak ada hal dan tak takut sebab bright at all levels.
Where the girl was mugged and slashed in Mid Valley -- that is near the GSC and bright and lots of people coming by.
It is "that moment" the the criminals wait for and seize.
The victim at Jalan Datuk Sulaiman 4 - well, I know the case personally because the mother of the girl whose friend was mugged and robbed is a close friend of mine and she called me early that morning to relate the incident.
Her friend (the victim) was slashed and had her finger almost severed. Thank God the neighbours came out when she screamed, and seconds later my friend's daughter also screamed when she came out after hearing her friend's scream.
My friend was in Taiping and when it happened, her daughter called her -- panic and all. I facebooked and tweeted the incident.
The entrance leading to Jalan Datuk Sulaiman 4 at one end, and at the other end (exit/entrance) are manned by security guards. And these bad guys still find their way into the area.
Just two days ago, my nephew's friend was chased by a motorcyclist near Plaza Damansara, Bukit Damansara.. It's crazy.
Some time ago, a close friend of my daughter's was robbed by two men armed with parangs in front of her house in Section 17, PJ. They were in a Proton. Thank God she was not harmed.
It is frightening.
One more thing the Bukit Aman must take note -- these muggers are getting more and more violent. They do not just snatch your bag -- theymakesure they hit your head or slash you first. Before or after the act. That is the most horrific part. In isolated cases, they use acid to bring you down or "alat renjatan elektrik" to cripple you momentarily.
That is why, the police must must hunt them down and send the message that these b*****d cannot get away with it!
As for shopping centres and malls -- well -- unless they're happy seeing their patrons get mugged and slashed and bloodied -- they can happily pretend security and safety are not important.
And ladies, young and old, stay alert, and safe.
If you're up to it -- take up martial arts. Seriously!