If you can't beat them, outsmart them

If you can't beat them, outsmart them
Women should hide handbags under the seat or in the car boot.

MALAYSIA - Smash-and-grab incidents in the Klang Valley are making women drivers jittery as they are the primary target.

The usual modus operandi of the thieves is to smash the car windows of lone women drivers at traffic lights and escape with their handbags and valuables.

Female victims

Shirley Pu, 35, was one such victim. She was driving home from Bandar Utama (BU) one day and had stopped at the traffic lights in Section 16, Petaling Jaya. Pu had placed her handbag on the floor near the passenger seat.

"Suddenly I heard a loud bang next to me," recounted Pu during a phone interview. "I couldn't see the driver but I did see the pillion rider using something with metal spikes."

Fortunately, the attempt to steal her belongings was unsuccessful.

"But they damaged my car. There were dents and scratches on the passenger door."

Ann Ong Mi Ling, 49, has been a victim twice, most recently at a traffic light near Publika in Sri Hartamas, at around 5pm.

Two riders on a motorbike stopped next to her car and smashed her passenger window. The pillion rider grabbed her bag, which was on the floor of the passenger seat.

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