MALAYSIA - Snatch theft is still a problem in most parts of the city and other urban areas as thieves continue to prey on unwary people when there is an opportunity.
The public was angered by the death of Sister Juliana Lim, who died from injuries after being struck on the head with a helmet by snatch thieves in Seremban recently.
Petaling Jaya residents have also complained to StarMetro over the rampant attack by snatch thieves on quiet streets and isolated lanes in Petaling Jaya.
One such area is the Lorong Utara B in Section 52. This road may seem busy during peak hours but snatch theft is rampant here.
Among the landmarks around the area are the Cobra Club, Tun Hussein Onn Eye Hospital, German School of Kuala Lumpur, Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya, The Istara Condo and the Astaka field.
A spokesman from the Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya said there were cases of the temple visitors falling victims to snatch thieves.
The carpark at Astaka is one of the hotspots for snatch thefts. "The attackers also break into cars parked at the public parking bays along the road," he said.
German School of Kuala Lumpur administration manager Maya Shastri said that last year, a parent's bag was snatched.
"A small police beat-base was set up outside the school during peak hours after the incident. However, the police are not stationed there anymore.
"The police do patrol this area during peak hours.
"However, it will be better if the police are stationed here in the morning and afternoon when parents send and pick up their children from school," she said.
The Istara Condominium Residents Association chairman Prithiv Raj said snatch thefts happen mostly at the entrance and exit of Lorong Utara B.
"The thieves prey on those who are waiting for a taxi and those who may be walking to the parking area near the Astaka field," he said.
Morning visitors to the Taman Jaya park are also among the victims of snatch thieves.
Section 10 Residents Association (RA) president Ronald Danker related to StarMetro a case involving a park visitor at the Taman Jaya lake who was accosted by men with machetes.
"A morning walker jumped into the lake to save himself from being attacked by five men wielding machetes.
"The incident happened just a few weeks ago. A parking attendant witnessed the incident but was helpless to do anything," said Danker.
He added that students were also at risk of becoming victims of snatch theft when they are heading to the Taman Jaya LRT station.
the public should always be alert as snatch thieves prey on the unwary. Picture is posed by models. The public Other hotspots are outside places of worship such as those in Jalan Templer.