In the recent spate of cases, the victims were all women.
It's not just that these things have been happening far too often, but the way the crimes were committed -- vicious.
The level of violence that accompanied the crime is frightening -- in most cases the victims were either attacked viciously and later died, or left for dead.
In a couple of cases, the victims escaped. In one, she survived a vicious attack.
So what do we do? We've got lots of advice from so many "experts".
Take martial arts, carry with you pepper spray, make sure you have your keys out before you enter your car, look around before you enter the parking area of the mall, shopping centre etc, make sure you don't park near a van.
In short, always be alert and stay safe.
Frankly, women have always been alert and always try to stay safe, in their car, in their home, in the mall.
But criminals commit their acts anywhere and everywhere to a point that we have been made to believe that "nowhere is safe" not even in our own homes.
That is a terrifying thought. We feel that we are under siege.
A high-ranking police officer recently - in the wake of attacks in mall - advised women not to park their cars in dark places.
"Stay away from dark areas" was his advice.
Now, I'd like to tell him that women for a very long time now have been doing that. We stay away from dark and dangerous places.
In all those reported cases in the mall, the women were attacked in brightly-lit areas.
Anyway, most everyone I talked to has a story to tell. A grim, gruesome story.
I'd just like to share with you a column I wrote in the New Straits Times that was published on Saturday, June 16 2012.