Youths armed with parang are terrorising housewives by snatching their gold earrings or chains at their homes in Taman Setia, Jalan Mengkuang and Jalan Jambu Bol in South Klang.
The men in their late 20s push the unsuspecting women to the ground to grab the gold items and then enter their houses, ransack the cupboards in search of cash and more jewellery.
Taman Setia Community Association (TSCA) chairman M. Sivaguru said the 600 households in Taman Setia and the residents living in Jalan Mengkuang and Jalan Jambu Bol were frightened due to the frequent acts of crime.
"Most of the time, the women are attacked when they get out of their cars in front of their house or within the home compound when they put their laundry out to dry. Suspects usually make their rounds from 10.30am to 11.30am and 1.25pm to 3.30pm," he said.
Sivaguru added that house break-ins also occurred in mid afternoons while residents were at work. "Our fact-finding efforts reveal that five men above 25 years, on motorcycles, are the frequent attackers in the area. Crime of this nature is becoming a disturbing trend," he said.
Association secretary K. Jayandra said it was easier for the thieves to conduct their criminal activities at Taman Setia neighbourhood as it had at least 13 exits for a quick getaway.
"The Jalan Keriang exit off Persiaran Raja Muda Musa has been closed. We need the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) and the South Klang district police to close a few other exits too," he said.
Jayandra added that there were 18 crime hotspots in the area and thieves were also using an abandoned 34-unit apartment in Jalan Dato Amar and several vacant houses as their hideout.
Sivaguru and Jayandra said during a check at the apartment they found handbags, MyKads and personal documents strewn on the upper floors of the apartment building indicating that thieves had used the place.
Syringes and other drug paraphernalia also littered the floors of the apartment units, he added.
Sivaguru also suggested that the police have uniformed policemen to patrol the area by foot.
South Klang OCPD Assistant Commissioner Kamaruzaman Mamat said four plainclothes officers on motorcycle were assigned to patrol Taman Setia, Taman Melawis, Jalan Mastika, Jalan Jambu Bol, Jalan Mengkuang and Taman Gembira.
"Our perimeter policing approach is gaining traction. Months of surveillance have been put in, and our officers have nabbed four men who are now under the Prevention of Crime Act where they have to report to the nearest police station daily," he said.
ACP Kamaruzaman added that the police were working closely with Taman Setia and Jalan Jambu Bol residents to nab two suspects that have been identified based on reports lodged.
"We have also increased the presence of the mobile police van within neighbourhoods. Our plea to residents is to call the police station on seeing suspicious characters and give us the description," he said.