KUALA LUMPUR: She ignored a policeman's advice to secure her car properly after a thief stole her car keys.
Barely four hours later, she paid a heavy price.
The car was stolen from just outside her house.
About 3am on Tuesday, the 36-year-old writer had been awakened by the sounds of an intruder in the living room of her Bangsar Ria townhouse.
When she went to check, she discovered that the intruder had fled with the keys to her house and car.
She alerted the police, who turned up 15 minutes later.
They found no trace of the man outside the house except for the motorcycle he had abandoned when he ran away.
Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Dzuraidi Ibrahim said she refused to allow the policemen to inspect her house.
They then told her to drive her car, which was parked on a road shoulder, into her house compound, and fasten an extra lock to it if possible.
They also told her to block her car with her boyfriend's car, which was parked inside her porch, he said.
However, she refused and when the policemen left, she went back to bed.
She woke up at 7.15am and found her car missing.
In an unrelated incident, a taxi driver and his accomplice robbed two passengers within half an hour early on Tuesday.
The first victim was a 47-year-old journalist who was picked up at Jalan Bangsar at 5am.
With his accomplice, described as a tall, thin man in his 20s, sitting in the front seat, the driver went up the Mahameru expressway turnoff and stopped.
The accomplice flashed a knife at the journalist and ordered him to hand over all his valuables.
The journalist handed over RM75, an ATM card, a Nokia phone, two rings, a Casio watch and his office pass card.
They then abandoned him near Jalan Parlimen, warning him not to call the police.
Half an hour later, a 25-year-old factory worker waiting at Taman Desa flagged down a taxi and asked to be taken to Jalan Kuchai Lama.
About 300m ahead, the taxi driver stopped to pick up his accomplice.
The man got into the back seat with the woman and, at knifepoint, robbed her of a Nokia phone, RM330, a ring, a bracelet, her house keys and her identity card.
They dropped her off in Jalan Kuchai Lama.
ACP Mohd Dzuraidi advised the public to be extra vigilant when taking taxis at odd hours.
Don't enter taxis that already have other passengers and if you feel that there are any suspicious vehicles around call the Rakan Cop hotline at 03-2115 9999 or SMS 32728, he said.