Crimes unreported by the media

Source of Picture: on Snatch Theft

The other day as I was settling my kids for their afternoon nap, we heard a loud “Vrrooom Vroommm” motorbike sound followed by a lady shouting for help. This happened right outside my house. Two men on a motorcycle had smashed her car window and took off with her handbag which she had left lying on the passenger seat.

Sounds familiar? This probably has happened to your family members, friends or neighbours. They are not reported in the media because no one got seriously injured or died in the crime. BUT it is scarily common. Much too common.

In another incident, hubby was at a mamak stall with a friend. While they were talking (they were sitting in the restaurant but quite near the open entrance) someone grabbed the friend’s handphone which was lying on the table and took off in a motorbike of an alliance who had been waiting.

My sister has had her handbag snatched before too, while she was struggling to open her car door one day. And so has my sis-in-law, while she was struggling to open her house gate with child in tow. Why? Because they were distracted at the time. And I am sure that anyone reading this will nod their heads and say, yes, yes, this has happened to my ______ (*fill in the blanks*) too.

The sad thing is they always target the weak and or helpless(meaning women or mothers with young children, older people etc), the ones who were not careful enough (as in the above incidents those who left their belongings visually tempting enough to the bad guys) and those who were distracted.


It seems to be getting worse these days. I don’t feel save anymore, not even outside my own house. 🙁


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4 thoughts on “Crimes unreported by the media

  1. I witnessed one myself a couple of years back. Poor lady was carrying her 1 year old baby and both fell onto the road. She suffered a gash on her forehead but thankfully, the baby was not hurt. It was a traumatic experience for the lady and also shocking for those who witnessed it.

    By the way, is your website / wordpress dashboard working okay? Mine is a bit siao siao these two days.

    My wordpress one is fine but my blogger one siao siao, kenot key in the title.

  2. During the years where I stayed in Subang to study in one of the colleges there, a number of my housemates then got their purses or bags snatched.. Although they did not suffer from any major injuries, they went and made a police report. One time I even went along. What was shocking is, the police told us that the chances of catching the culprits are really slim and there is snatch thieve cases at least once daily. Although the police report of made, they also told us that there is nothing they can do but told us to be more careful next time…

    With this kind of attitude, susah lah but the truth is it is rather difficult to catch them unless you have lots of manpower to do ronda ronda. Sadly there may be some truth in the fact that they are difficult to catch. By the time some roadside stall owners quickly came to the aid of the lady the motorbike had sped off and was nowhere in sight.

  3. I don’t know if it will ever stop if the economy of the country is such. The poor never make it anywhere and get no help. It is out of desperation that they resort to such crimes but sadly, hurting the innocent.
    My friend was at a petrol station and because her husband took so long to pay for the petrol, she got out of her car to see if everything was alright and out of no where, a motorcyclist and his pillion rider, snatched her handbag. Because it was over her shoulder, she was dragged for a length of time and while she was unconscious and had very bad grazed all over.

    What a traumatic experience for your friend. Now its worse with the number of foreign workers around.

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