Stay alert and be wise, women told

Stay alert and be wise, women told

PETALING JAYA - Always stay alert to your surroundings and be prepared to respond if a crime happens or if there is a threat of one.

"Set your mind always on how you should react in case a crime happens," said Supt Jenny Ong Chin Lan from the Woman and Child Protection Division of the Federal Police's Criminal Investigation Department.

She said those who were careless, immature, did not know of their rights and lacked knowledge and moral education were easy targets.

Crime usually takes place at isolated and dark locations, unsafe and night entertainment outlets and where there was a lack of neighbourhood watch, she added.

"Hit the attacker's triceps or step on him repeatedly with your high heels," she said during a talk at The Star's Safety Campaign at Menara Star here yesterday.

Supt Ong, who also gave other safety tips, urged women to get the keys out before reaching their vehicles or house doors, stand at the back for a better view of everyone in the lift, keep valuables away from public view, do not use handphone while walking and always walk against the traffic.

"If you are attacked, never fight back and don't antagonise the perpetrator," she said.

"As for rape victims, never clean yourself because useful evidence may be washed away and a report must be made as soon as possible," said Supt Ong, adding that 60 per cent of such cases occurred while dating.

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