"Street crimes" Theft and Pickpocketing Tip by 31Aug

Firstly, I should say it's common but its quite rare. It still takes good planning and luck for crime to succeed. And Malaysians are a nation who demands safety.

From petty thefts to big scale robberies, sadly it does happen here too. Commonly to happen to tourists are encountering:
con-men/con-women/con-kids/con-old ladies,
pick pockets
snatch theft
transportation overcharge (please see transportation tips)

Unique Suggestions: CON ARTIST:
One of the worse bad guys around. Very professional. I can only be really frank with you. You dont need to be TOO friendly. Chatting is harmless, but if it involves revealing information such as which's your room and what about your money, better cut-off the conversation.
To be safe, you can politely excuse yourself by telling that you have got to rush, bye. Or if unfortunately things get a bit too deep & had a grab onto you, get angry if you must, talk loud, get attention and hope they will let you go, and run off.
I think, should be the tourist who'd approach a local to ask for general assistance like "where do I" and "how do I", and perhaps "why is it". It's too good to be true for someone, a cute harmless old lady even, at a shopping mall or from the street to be asking you to have lunch/tea with/on her/him. It's also not quite a Malaysian thing for a harmless Malaysian to be telling a tourist they just met about their family stories. Definitely not decently Malaysian to be asking a tourist to follow him home to settle some family matters. When locals need help, we have family & friends, if not then community organisations/the government etc. Why tourists? & think about this, locals need to be careful with con-tourists too, so how friendly can we get?

For prevention, the trick is to NOT be an easy prey.
Try not to inconvenient yourself by carrying/wearing too heavy too much.
Try not expose your belongings too much. Crowded places being strategic for pickpocketting, spacious places for snatch theft.
Try not get distracted while you are walking; like talking on the phone while you are carrying loads and walking/crossing a street. Walk and stay cautious of your surrounding. If you need to do something like search into your bag or talk on your mobile, go to a wall or corner where you can be in easier view of anyone who might approach you while you are on your search/mobile.
Try to avoid being at dark lonely places.

To protect life, if the unfortunate does happen, let go of belongings.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 8, 2006
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