PETALING JAYA: Police are getting CCTV footage from surrounding areas and highways to identify two suspects responsible for the brazen daylight robbery of a house in Damansara Jaya, says Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din.
The footage, he said, would help police determine how the suspects entered the guarded and gated housing area.
“The car number plate on the suspects’ car was found to be false so we have to use other means. The footage from the CCTV along the highways would help as well, ” he said.
In the Jan 21 incident, a couple who had just returned home from shopping were shocked to find their gate open with a silver car parked in their driveway. Two unidentified men then rushed into the car to make their getaway.
The couple tried to block the intruders’ path with their car to prevent them from leaving but the thieves repeatedly rammed into their vehicle, forcing their way through to make their escape.
The incident was captured on a dashboard camera and the video subsequently went viral.
Malaysians are convinced the suspects had prior information on the owners’ whereabouts.
“Targeted. Planned. Info on their timing. Been alerted on the host arrival, ” said Wong TM.
Another asked how the burglars knew that the owners were away.
“Must be an inside job, i.e. how did they know the couple were out? It was a gated community, ” said Wendy.
A notebook computer, mobile phone, gold ring, laptop bag, several bottles of whisky and over RM2,600 worth of foreign currency were stolen during the burglary.
Damansara Jaya Residents Association vice-president Lionel Lau said the house break-in was unfortunate but uncommon.
“There is no guarantee that even with guards there won’t be house break-ins. In this case the robbers had familiarised themselves with the neighbourhood. They even had one of the neighbourhood’s old security stickers displayed, ” said Lau, who is part of the security team in his neighbourhood.
However, Lau said the neighbourhood used to have more robbery incidents prior to the implementation of the guarded system about nine years ago.
“When I first moved to the neighbourhood there were carjacking incidents. We even had a case of a school kid chased by a mugger. Since we had the guarded system we rarely have any serious incidents.
“In this recent incident we have clear video recording of the robbers entering the neighbourhood which we surrendered to the police, ” he said.
Lau said the neighbourhood has the approval from the Petaling Jaya City Council to carry out the guarded scheme and has 80% of residents’ support.
Meanwhile, Mutiara Damansara Zone A Resident’s Association chairman Dr Adrian Wong said his neighbourhood also has the guarded scheme.
“I personally feel our guarded system has helped reduce crime, ” he said.
The Bandar Utama Resident’s Association chairman Syed Mohd Syed Taufik also echoed the same sentiment.
“We have to always monitor the guards and make sure they are aware of our standard operating procedure. If their attention is on their mobile phone we issue them stern warnings.
“We also have a policy whereby one guard on motorbike will follow the visitor to the house they are visiting. Only when the owner comes out, does the guard leave, ” he said.
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