There’s no place in Malaysia that is 100% safe. In view of the rising crime rate, there are certain precautionary steps that you can do to avoid being a victim of crime. Here we share with you 9 tips to help you stay safe when you go out in Malaysia. They apply to both men and women. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Always remember these 9 tips when you go out!
1) Never talk on the phone while you are walking
It is a bad idea to talk on the phone or to do any messaging on the phone while walking on the street. Focusing on the phone while walking will make you lose your alertness, making you a favorable target for robbers.
2) Never carry your bag near to the road
When walking on the street, always carry your bag on the side furthest from the road. This is to avoid your handbag being snatched by robbers in motorcycles. In case your handbag is snatched, do not hold on to it as you might be dragged and get hurt during the process.
3) Look out for strangers who act abnormally
When walking on the street, be cautious to the people who act strangely around you. They may be robbers or part of a syndicate. Always look out for people like that and stay a distance from them.
4) Be alert to motorcyclist while crossing the road
While crossing the road, you are advised to hold your bag tightly to yourself as robbers who ride motorcycles can snatch your belongings from various directions. Besides, be alert to motorcyclist who is coming to your direction is extremely important while crossing the road.
5) Stay away from group of people on the street
While walking on the street, never walk near a group of people especially if they look at you strangely or behave aggressively. You may not know who they are or what they are up to.
6) Never leave your handbag or belonging on the passenger seat
Always ensure that you don’t leave your handbag or important belonging such as iPad or laptop on the passenger seat. This applies to both when your car is idle or when you are driving. Robbers (on motorcycles) can break the window of the passenger seat and snatch your bag. Instead, you may put your handbag underneath the seat.
7) Never leave your things unattended
Never leave any of your valuable belongings such as mobile phone unattended. This is especially true when you are dining at a hawker stall. Your belongings can be quietly snatched while you are engaged in a conversation with your friends.
8) Never get off from your car immediately in a car accident
Car accident can be manipulated and planned for robbery. If you are hit, do not get off from your car immediately. Stay in the car and observe the situation until you are confident that it is safe for you to get off.