Sunday, 10 November 2013
What Is Causing The Upward Spike In Crime?
It's not snatch thieves that you have to be worried about these days.
It's the far more violent robberies where the perpetrators don't hesitate to kill.
Everyone knows someone who has been affected in some way. Gone are the days when you had to worry about pickpockets. I still maintain a clear distance of everyone who walks past me.
But even sitting alone in your car, waiting for an appointment could be dangerous, as a friend discovered. A gang of men broke his car window and tried to pull him out. But he managed to turn his ignition on and sped away. He was later informed by the police that there were 3 robberies in that very location that day.
Just about every housing estate is now gated. The guards presumably profile every visitor before they let them in. My sister, mother and I have never been denied entry. But I do wonder what the criteria are.
Crime has become so rampant that even the New York Times has a feature on it: Wave of High-Profile Crimes Has Put Malaysians on the Defensive
It doesn't help that the authorities are so incompetent and ignorant. They start off by denying the problem exists. Then they decide that they will instruct the police to shoot first and ask questions later.
Any criminal will be emboldened, knowing that the men tasked to stop them are not worth the words that come out of their mouths.
But there is another problem: one of poverty that has not been addressed, and needs proper looking into.