Snatch theft cases in KL are up by 57% and the police chief has a plan to curb it

You should take extra care of your personal belongings if you’re in Kuala Lumpur (KL)  – and it’s with valid reason.

According to KL police chief Datuk Mazlan Lazim, the city has seen a 57% increase in the number of snatch theft cases in the past year, reported Free Malaysia Today.

The total number of criminal cases recorded in the city from Jan 1 to Dec 2 this year, has amounted to some 11,815 cases.

Aiming to curb any further growth in the number of snatch theft cases, Mazlan said that the police will carry out various initiatives.

He said: “In order to curb snatch theft cases, we will launch the anti-snatch theft and unarmed robbery campaign in the near future”.

“I have also instructed the Kuala Lumpur Crime Investigation Department to form a strategic partnership with the D4 division (crime intelligence) and D9 (special investigation) to tackle such cases”.

But Mazlan also claims that the victims are to be blamed for the rise in snatch theft cases.

In fact, he attributed this increase to the public’s insensitivity to their valuable items, which provides criminals with the opportunity to commit the crime, reported The New Straits Times.

The “hot” areas for snatch theft and robbery were identified as popular tourist areas – like the roads near shopping malls as well as Bukit Bintang and Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.

He added: “Therefore, we have created a special team to deal with the crime by targeting the tourist attraction areas, thus preventing criminals from committing unwanted activities”.