Snatch theft victim told to report on lost item

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  • Tuesday, 26 Aug 2003

A MOTORCYCLIST snatched my mother’s handbag a month ago. She managed to take down the motorcycle’s number plate and went to make a police report. 

However, she was advised by the officer on duty that it was futile to make a snatch theft report since the number plate such thieves used would most probably be fake and that she would not be able to identify the culprit anyway. 

The officer advised her to just lodge a report stating that she had lost her identity card, driving licence and credit card.  

A week ago, my friend had her handbag snatched at the same place and when she arrived at the police station to lodge a report, she was also advised to lodge a lost-item report. 

A few vendors near the location commented snatch thefts often took place there. If victims are advised not to lodge an accurate report, how can the police identify that area as being snatch theft prone? 

Wouldn’t the statistics show a lower than actual figure? 

Victims should report the crime though it may be tough to catch the culprit. At least, we are able to highlight the increasing number of cases. 

Women should also sling their handbags on the side that is away from the street and walk against the flow of traffic. 



Bukit Mertajam. 

(via e-mail) 


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