Crooks these days are getting braver. All they need is lots of guts and a knife. And they get away with blue murder.
My sister, Penny, fell victim to a robber today. She had just arrived at my mum’s house and entered the gate. Though there wasn’t anybody in sight when she alighted from the car, this Indian guy seemed to spring up from nowhere. He must have been lying in wait somewhere. My niece who had just got down from the car screamed. Penny turned around but it was too late for her to close the gate. She stepped back and cowered. He came towards her with a knife. She screamed and threw her bag at him. He grabbed his loot and jumped on a red motorbike waiting for him outside.
My aunty who lived across the road heard the commotion. She rushed out and saw the perpetrators making their getaway. The motorbike didn’t have a license plate.
Penny had thought of throwing her bag into the neighbour’s compound but she knew that was a great risk to take. The robber could’ve just stuck the knife into her for thwarting him. She berated herself for fastening her handbag. If she had left it unclasped as she usually does, the contents would’ve fallen out when she tossed the bag. (I leave my bag unzipped for this purpose too, but when in crowded areas such as the mall, I zip it up.)
After canceling her credit cards and ATM card, she was going to hit the streets to look for her bag. She harbours the hope that the thieves would toss her bag at the road side or longkang after pocketing the cash and the phone. All her contact numbers are in her mobile and she has other important documents in her bag too. I doubt whether she would recover the bag. It’s like looking for a needle in the haystack. Hopefully some kind soul who finds the bag will return it to my sister. If that happens, it may take a while as her IC address is in Johor. (When a pickpocket stole my purse while I was in Penang several years back, my IC was mailed back to me by a good Samaritan. But by then I had already replaced it.)
Please be alert of your surroundings. And write your contact numbers in a telephone book somewhere. Remember Wendy Wong’s case? Someone stole her phone and she offered a reward for the return of the SIM card. I don’t know if she ever got it back.
I am very angry with these low life. What they steal is not just cash and valuables. They’ve stolen our peace, safety and innocence. We dare not tell the time to strangers in case they turn out to be crooks. We can’t go out for a jog without worrying about our safety. We dare not let our kids out into the streets in case they are apprehended by sex maniacs.
To the newly elected government, please make our streets safe again. Put more cops out on patrol. They will make a difference. We’ve had enough of scumbags who want to make an easy living with snatching people’s bags and striking fear in our hearts.