Always be aware of your surroundings when you are approaching your car, especially when you are alone. Nowadays, robbers are getting more aggressive and will resort to hurting their victims if they retaliate. I am sure you have heard about robbers breaking the car side windows to snatch bags placed on the car seats. Never, never put any “attract theif” items on the dashboard too. These thieves will break your window to retrieve the goodies.
And try to remember to remove all items from your car when you park, at least hide them away from prying eyes. Putting them in the boot or in the glove compartment would be a good and sound idea.
The incident in Klang ended with a happy note, but some may not be so lucky.
Star 17 Feb 2009 KLANG: The Foo family had a most frightening experience when two robbers drove off in their car with their son still in the back seat in Taman Berkeley here.
Their nightmare began yesterday morning when Kendrick Foo, 43, returned home after dropping off his wife at the Meru wet market where she runs a stall selling noodles and soya bean by-products. Six-year-old Foo Koo Ping was sleeping in the back seat when two men grabbed Foo, pushed him to the ground and took off in his Proton Wira.
He surrendered his wallet and threw himself in front of the car, screaming that his son was asleep in the back seat. “I believe that they too panicked and sped off,” said Foo. “He is our only child and we cannot imagine anything terrible happening to him,” said Foo, an employee at the IT department of a private hospital in Klang.
The robbers abandoned his car in front of Chemistry Department pensioner Zamedin Hasar’s house in Taman Desaria, near Sunway. Zamedin, 65, said he was on his way to his neighbourhood surau at 6.10am when he noticed a maroon Wira parked outside his house with the engine running.
When he returned 30 minutes later, the car was still there. Zamedin said he looked into the car and saw the boy asleep in the back seat. “The feeling of relief after being told that our son was all right is unexplainable,” said Foo, adding that he met Zamedin at the Sungai Way police station with his son and car.
Koo Ping, when asked what happened, coolly replied: “Two bad men drove my daddy’s car and I was very frightened.” Meanwhile, Klang OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Mat Yusop said the police received their first report at 5.15am. The two robbers are still at large.
On a another matter, City police said there was no such case of an eight-year-old girl being kidnapped from Taman Maluri in a Nissan Sentra that was circulated by SMS a few days ago.