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Residents live in fear of robberies


KUALA LUMPUR: Three armed robbery cases were reported within the same week at Taman Sri Segambut. The robbers were said to have targeted vulnerable groups such as housewives who were on their way to the morning market.

Residents of Taman Sri Segambut have sought the help of the Gerakan Segambut service centre to get  the police to beef up security in their neighbourhood with more patrols and mobile police base.

A 45-year-old victim, who only wanted to be known as Mai, said at 7pm last weekend, four robbers wearing helmets broke into his Chinese herbs and grocery shop.

They had  threatened him at knifepoint to get him to hand over his valuables.

He said the robbers had ransacked his shop and carted away expensive herbs.

A 56-year-old coconut hawker, known only as Sia, said four robbers had broken into her house in the morning as she was about to leave for work. They ordered her to hand over her money, jewellery and other valuables.

Sia said she had no choice but to comply as she feared for the safety of her family. The robbers also took her car, causing her to suffer losses of more than RM50,000.

Another victim known as Hung, 32, complained that his lorry which was parked in front of his house was stolen about 5am recently.

The incident was recorded on his neighbour's closed-circuit television camera (CCTV).

A 55-year-old resident, meanwhile, claimed that her car tyres were punctured with an ice pick.

Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur Gerakan state secretary Dr Wong Ruen Yuan urged the police to pay more attention to  public safety issues in Taman Sri Segambut.

Dr Wong said he would submit a report to the Sentul police station with suggestions to dispatch mobile police base and strengthen security in the area.

He also urged residents of Taman Sri Segambut to stay vigilant and uphold the spirit of mutual cooperation and neighborhood support.

Residents have been urged to call 03-6256 2280 in case of emergencies for prompt action by the local mobile police operation team.

Dr Wong Ruen Yuan (seated, second from right) with victims from Taman Sri Segambut showing their police reports.

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