Snatch theft is a criminal act of forcefully stealing from a pedestrian's person while employing rob-and-run tactics. It is typical for two thieves to work together and ride a moped to make theft and escape easier. A person steers the vehicle while another does the act of theft itself. However, some snatch thieves work alone or do not use a motorcycle to rob. A growing problem in Malaysia, some instances of snatch theft have caused fatalities, when the person holding onto the handbag has been dragged by the motorbike, or through subsequent acts of violence. This, combined with the apparent lack of police control over crime, has prompted outrage among its citizens enough to take justice into their own hands in apprehending thieves. This despicable crime has gone out of control. The police it seems have become ineffective in combating this menace. The culprits are becoming bolder by the day and more dangerous too. They are obviously individuals without conscience and totally with no regard for the law. The task now is to formulate an effective battleplan to stem this scourge. We need to declare war on snatch thieves.
There has been few successes in catching snatch thieves. This is because on most occasions there are no forthcoming eyewitnesses and no leads, as events unfolded at a shockingly fast pace. Most vehicles used in these crimes were also stolen or bearing false registration plates. Therefore tracing such culprits becomes a tedious and sometimes impossible task. Take Petaling Street for example. Pickpocketing in this area is common and police would only shrug their shoulders in helplessness when victims approach relaying their ordeals.
The solution would be to catch these thieves as the crimes are committed. In order to do this, others in the vicinity will have to play a role in possibly apprehending such culprits. Let not the events that occured to Sanorfizah be repeated. The police need to beef up their patrols and more...
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