Asha Gill "One morning, my bag was slashed with a parang by two guys on a bike and then ripped off me, throwing me to the ground. I was carrying my son and had just put him down to open my car —if it were a few seconds earlier, my son could have been seriously hurt from the parang and the fall. In this day and age, to not feel safe walking along a road, and to have to hug your bag to your body the minute you hear a motorbike is despicable."
Bernie Chan "I am very paranoid with my handbag. A lot of women don't realise where the safest place to put it in the car is—it sits between th e driver's door and my leg so it’s hidden. Never put it on the seat beside you. If I have any bags in the back of the car, I put the passenger seat back, so no one can grab it just by smashing the window in."
Arabyrd "Safety is always an issue anywhere, but when snatch thefts happen, I get angry. It’s an embarrassment to our country, especially since we have so many tourists. How are we supposed to tell them that it’s safe to walk the streets at night? We always need to be in control, in the right state of mind and always on our guard—a lot of people think they can’t alter the situation, but they actually can."
Azalea "It happens when you least expect it—and it happens fast. My sister was at a petrol station when a motorcyclist broke her window with his helmet and grabbed her bag, and she was so shocked that she couldn’t react. It can happen to anyone walking down the street."
Jay Menon "Having your bag snatched is a terrible experience. Because of all the stories I’ve heard, I’ve been really cautious. I always want to make sure I know what happened, so that it doesn’t happen to me. I reckon crime has increased because of the socio-economic situation in this country—people can’t get jobs, so they’re desperate to make a quick buck. Understand that snatch thefts are rampant, so always be conscious of your safety."
Tinie "I definitely don’t feel safe when I walk in the streets. I try to carry as little money as possible; plus, when your bag is snatched, it’s bad enough that it’s so hurtful, but everything is usually gone, including all your valuable personal documents."
Nell Ng "Your bag can be snatched in seconds. Take the safe way out and ask to be accompanied if you have to. Always listen to your instincts—you can never be too careful."
Nurita Harith "When I’m walking along a road, I position my bag on my other side, away from passing vehicles. I feel so restricted—I can’t carry my bag the way I want to."
Stephanie Chai "You realise how common and widespread this issue has become when assailants are no longer scared. In my case, two guys on a bike smashed the car window in broad daylight and drove off laughing. If neighbouring countries don't suffer these same problems—why do we?"
Thanuja "The situation here is far scarier than it should be. I had my handbag snatched while walking down a lane in Damansara. I’m not a timid girl, so I put up a fight—which I shouldn’t have done—so my attackers took out a knife and started slicing my arm. I had to let go because I couldn’t stand the pain, and I ended up in hospital with five stitches on my arm. To this day, the scars are still there."