Tech way to stop snatch thefts

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  • Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015

Third-year Public Relations students welcoming other students to the

DESPITE knowing every martial arts technique, it can be difficult to react in a snatch theft situation.

That is why the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARC) third-year students from the Bachelor of Publication programme took it upon themselves to promote personal safety on campus. 

Motivated by snatch theft incidents among friends and family, the ALLways Safe campaign leader Saravanan Ganeson, 23, said the final-year project was aimed at helping students to be more aware of their surroundings both on and off campus. 

“In 2012, I became a victim of snatch theft when a thief snatched my handphone in Bukit Bintang. 

Third-year PR students demonstrating what happens in a snatch theft and giving tips on how to avoid being a victim.

“Some of my friends and family have also become victims and that was why we decided to make it our focus in this project,” he said, adding that the event was a success owing to the joint efforts of all his team mates. 

As part of the three-day event, 37 students took 11 weeks to create a special 3D-simulation of a snatch theft. 

The students made the 3D simulation using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. 

Team member Show Shi Hui said that five hours of footage were shot using six Go Pro cameras to create the film.

“We did not want to make just another simple social safety video. 

“So, we planned out the story and acted out the scene before filming it in Changkat Bukit Bintang,” she said. 

“Six cameras had to be used because we wanted to create a 360° scene to make it more realistic for the viewer,” she said. 

(From left) Saravanan, Chan, Kho and Stoper Industries Holdings sales manager Alex Foo during the ‘ALLways safe’ personal safety campaign launching ceremony.

Creating an interactive experience known as the Traveling Journey, the team invented a snatch theft situation at a bus stop and a break-in situation using props and actors. 

Participants of the experience were then asked questions based on multiple choice answers to determine what the appropriate response was to the situation, in order to teach practical safety tips. 

Among the sponsors of the event were Stoper Holdings Sdn Bhd, Perfect Sign Marketing, Frame Motion, Chialat Photocopy and Sun Tent. 

Congratulating the cohort for its successful event, TARC collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship vice-president Kho Sok Kee said she was pleased by the personal safety campaign’s efforts. 

“This is definitely a good event that will create a lot of awareness among students. 

“I have not owned a pepper spray before and it will definitely come in handy,” she said upon receiving a pepper spray canister as a token of appreciation. 

Show showing a fellow student how to use the Oculus Rift device.

Meanwhile, TARC administration and facilities development vice-president Chan Kum Wing said although students were protected as pedestrians due to the wide walkways on campus, it was better for them to be more equipped with safety skills. 

“There have been a few isolated cases of snatch theft outside campus. Within TARC, we have security guards and CCTV in strategic locations. 

“We have done all we can to ensure the students are safe within the campus grounds. 

“I think this campaign will be very helpful to help students protect themselves outside the university,” he said.

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