CONSUMERIST: ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CRIMINALS ATTACKING WOMEN!

Dato Jacob George

‘CASSA is concerned at the apathy of those spectators who failed to come to the aid of this victim which gives encouragement to would be future criminals and robbers to continue striking fear on to the victims and continue their criminal acts against unsuspecting victims who could be one’s mother, wife, daughter, grandmother or other loved ones!

Finally we call upon the government to conduct audits on CCTV in buildings where members of the public frequent and on the highways so that the multi million ringgit cameras will not just be expensive toys bought with rate payers monies but dysfunctional and be deterrents or tools assist to collect important data and evidence on the post and pre criminals activity specially of those terrorizing women and members of the public at each festive!

CONSUMERIST: ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CRIMINALS ATTACKING WOMEN!

The Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam Selangor (CASSA)today urged members of the civil society, residents associations, uniformed organizations and consumer groups to join forces to heightened awareness in our society to fight crime!

CASSA also calls upon the Police to declare a war on criminal and criminal activities to create a public space which is anxiety free!

Today the number of cases involving theft, robberies, attacks against women, children, burglaries is growing right before our eyes!

A month ago a retired 65 year of teacher was robbed when two robbers on motorbikes smashed her side screen and grabbed her handbag.

There have been cases where a similar situation has resulted in serious and grievous bodily harm even death!

To some it may be just statistics but to public interest it is a classic reminder that we are fast becoming a failed state if we cannot rein in the criminals on our streets!

Each time a handbag is stolen it involves important documents like identity cards, driving licenses, bank ATM cards, passports, credit cards, personal belongings which includes jewellery and cash!

Every time we approach the holiday or festive period there is a growing number of theft, robberies and attacks against women while onlookers watch without coming to the assistance of the victims!

These attacks are taking place at petrol stations, outside banks, shopping centres, eateries, despite the cosmetic presence of security and closed circuit television!

First of all we ask today who is conducting security checks to verify whether these closed circuit television are indeed working or that the human bodies that are walking around in uniforms masquerading as security guards are indeed trained and qualified?

There have been numerous cases when theft takes place and consumers enquire about the CCTV footage we are told by the management of high profile shopping centres, petrol stations and other public places that they are indeed not working!

On the 24th August 2011, at 6.30am at the Shell station at Kayu Ara PJU 6A a lady doctor was robbed while there was still several patrons at the petrol station.

The petrol cashier who was locked within had confirmed he noticed the presence of two individuals of a motor cycle monitoring the station several times looking at the patrons but he did not respond by triggering the silent alarm!

It is time these places also have an inbuilt alert siren to warm consumers and alert the authorities when there is a posibility of a crisis or robbery!

As a result the two robbed the lady doctor of her valuable causing deep seated trauma and anxiety when no one came to her aid!

Within 10 minutes of the said robbery the two robbers had attempted to withdraw from the victims ATM bank card at a bank suspected to be at a shopping arcade called Centerpoint in Damansara!

It was plain luck that when they grabbed her handbag her mobile telephone fell out and she was able to retrieve the said phone to alert the bank authorities and family!

The victim later made a first Police Report at PJ Police Station and later in the night was asked to go all the way to Mutiara  Damansara to file another report!

The You Tube Link is as follows:

youtube damansara shell robbery.

First CASSA is shocked at the incompetence of the Shell Petrol Station Cashier/Operator who failed to take such preventive measure as to avert a robbery!

Does a Petrol Stations, shopping centres, hypermarkets, or other service centres not have a duty of care to provide a safe environment for its patrons?

Secondly we are concerned at the apathy of those spectators who failed to come to the aid of this victim which gives encouragement to would be future criminals and robbers to continue striking fear on to the victims and continue their criminal acts against unsuspecting victims who could be one’s mother, wife, daughter, grandmother or other loved ones!

This morning CASSA appeals to all Malaysians to come to the aid and defense of victims if/when they see a theft or robbery taking place!

Create a situation of proactive response and involvement where you by your response tell criminals that any attack against any member of society will not be tolerated!

If you witness unusual behavior on the part of individuals in a public place or your housing estate alert the authorities immediately!

This morning CASSA also announces that we are initiating a pilot CASSA patrol of volunteers in the Klang Valley who are basically bikers hopefully numbering 500 who we urge to be on the lookout for suspicious individuals on motorbikes and to SMS the Police or us the location, description of the parties involved and registration of the bikes so that preventive measures can be initiated.

Secondly we are also urging the public to become involved in the public space so that they can be the deterrents to prevent criminal acts from taking place!

Finally we call upon the government to conduct audits on CCTV in buildings where members of the public frequent and on the highways so that the multi million ringgit cameras will not just be expensive toys bought with rate payers monies but dysfunctional and be deterrents or tools assist to collect important data and evidence on the post and pre criminals activity specially of those terrorizing women and members of the public at each festive!

The robbery on August 24 that took place at the shell Station at Kayu Ara PJU 6A could have been avoided and should not go unchallenged!

Those who robbed that morning are serial robbers and CASSA urges the Police to conduct checks on the CCTV in the Kayu Ara and Damansara area which we believe would provide important information to the identity of the two who carried out the robbery!

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