PETALING JAYA - Residents of a neighbourhood here are shaken by the aggressive manner in which two snatch thieves dragged a 76-year-old woman along their motorcycle.
General manager V. Suresh Kumar, who lives in Sea Park, said his family was distressed by the brazen act.
Widow Seow Wah Yin sustained bruises in the 10.20am incident on Wednesday at Jalan 21/16 in Sea Park.
A video clip of the incident, which went viral on the Internet, revealed the motorcycle's licence plate number.
This led to the arrest of the two men hours after the incident.
Suresh Kumar said his family often walked at the site to get to a bank. He said it wasn't the first snatch theft to occur in the area.
"It would be good to have more patrols by the police," he said, adding that community policing would also help.
Another resident of Sea Park, retiree Cliff Yin, said traffic and number of people decreased after about 10am in the area.
"There have been several incidents of theft after people leave for work in the morning.
"There are people who use the road to walk to the Paramount LRT station," he added.
General manager Harry Oh, who lives in Taman Paramount, said there was a decrease in snatch thefts after his area was turned into a gated neighbourhood.
"There are not as many cases as there used to be," he said. "There was only one last year."
He said there were also several banks and a post office nearby, adding that many of the retirees here walked there instead of driving.
"This makes them easy targets."