CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
ROBBERY (& SOME SNATCH THEFT)
REAL CASES, MALAYSIA
This is the crime of taking or attempting to take anything of value by force, threat of force, or by putting the victim in fear.
Learn how to avoid becoming a victim of such crime. The consequences could lead to serious injuries.
- When robbers approach and threatens victims to surrender their valuables.
IN PUBLIC PLACES
A robbery can happen:
- When victims are distracted / less aware of their surroundings (i.e. looking at mobile phones (with ear phones)).
- When victims flaunt their cash and valuables in public.
The culprit may::
- Approach the victim on the pretext of striking up a conversation or seeking some form of assistance; then takes opportunity to rob.
- Accuse the victim of staring or causing annoyance; and thereafter taken to a secluded place to be robbed.
- Lure the victim by claiming to be a relative or friend, before bringing them to a secluded place to rob them.
- Divert victim's attention (i.e. stains or dirt on their clothes), and takes the opportunity to rob.
- Loiter at lift landings or void decks to ambush their victims when they are waiting to take the lift.
The culprit may::
- Enter or force through unsecured doors or other entrances.
- Wait for the victim to enter/ leave the premises, and then forcing his way in together with the victim.
- Impersonate as a public servant or door-to-door salesman.
- Enter the premises on the pretext of delivering goods or hampers, using the toilet or telephone, and viewing the premises in response to a newspaper advertisement for rental or sale.
WHEN IN PUBLIC PLACES
« Be alert and attentive to your surroundings. Avoid looking at the mobile phone all the time (with earphones).
« Be especially wary when someone walks up to you to ask for some form of help. If someone is following you, head to a crowded area; if someone is trying to get close to you, move away.
« Avoid wearing a lot of jewellery.
« Avoid carrying large sums of cash. If holding large sums of cash, keep them away out of public view.
« When withdrawing money at the ATMs, be on alert of your surroundings. If withdrawing a large amount, immediately keep them away out public view.
« Carry a shrill alarm and activate it or, shout to draw passers-by attention when it is safe to do so.
« If being followed, stay calm and walk towards a high human traffic area or call the Police for help. If possible, observe the suspect's appearance, attire, height, or any distinctive physical features.
« If being confronted by a robber, avoid resistance to cause physical harm. Remain calm and surrender your valuables on demand one at a time. Observe the suspect's appearance, attire, height, or any distinctive physical features; as well as the direction the suspect went. Call the police for assistance when it is safe to do so.
WHEN YOU ARE ALONE
« Never take short cuts through dark, quite and secluded places.
« Walk in well-lit paths and areas at night, where there are human traffic.
« Avoid going out at night alone. If you have to, go out in a group or get someone trusted to accompany you.
« When returning home late at night, arrange to be escorted from a safe place, (i.e. bus stop, carpark or lift lobby) by a family member or someone trusted.
WHEN TAKING THE LIFT TO GO HOME
« Avoid looking the at mobile phone and stay alert of your surroundings. Be wary of strangers following you or loitering at the lift landing or void decks.
« Avoid entering lifts with a stranger. Let the stranger take the lift and wait for the next one.
« When entering the lift alone, stay close to the lift button panel. Press “Door Open” and step out immediately if a stranger rushes in as the lift door is closing.
WHEN IN HOME
« Always deal with strangers through a locked grille gate.
« Padlock the grille gates so that the culprit cannot rush or force his way in. when the main door is left opened.
« Never open doors to strangers. Use the door viewer to have a good look at the stranger. Talk to the stranger with a chain latch/door limiter fastened if it is available.
« Always verify the identity of anyone claiming to be a public servant, door-to-door salesman or representative from other organisations. Call their organisation through the number obtained from the telephone directory. Never rely on the number a stranger gives you.
« Inform family members in advance if someone unknown is being sent to the house.
« Help to educate and remind your elderly folks to avoid being a victim of robbery. The elderly especially, are more vulnerable to greater injuries.
Call Police for assistance if you are a witness or if you are victim of such crimes. Do it from a safe distance and/ or location.
Stay calm and observe the suspect's appearance, attire, height, or any distinctive physical features; as well as the suspect's location or the direction the suspect went.
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