Driving in Malaysia: How to Avoid Smash And Grab Robberies

For most of us who are constantly on the go, it’s not uncommon to leave our bags and belongings on the car seat while we’re driving. It’s easily within reach or sometimes we just forget about placing it somewhere safe when we’re in a hurry. But did you know that this practice is what attracts smash & grab robbers the most?

Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to avoid being in the headlines of being a victim. Here are 5 quick tips to keep you and your property safe while you’re on the road:


Tip 1: Don’t leave your bags in plain sight

Regardless if you’re leaving your bag on your front seat or the back, it’s always best to keep your bag hidden. Most smash and grab robberies happen at traffic lights and by crooks on motorbikes so if your bag is openly placed, this may attract their attention and make you their next victim. Always remember to keep it slightly hidden, either by a jacket or a pillow if you have one, or better yet – keep it under your seat so the crooks don’t easily spot your bag.


Tip 2: Buckle your bag up

Just as everyone says: Buckling up saves lives – or in this case your bags! Sometimes keeping your bags hidden may not be enough as smash and grab robbers may still attempt to keep a lookout for them under your seat, but you can still deter them by buckling your bag to the seat using your seat belt. Simply loop your belt buckle around your bag strap and click the belt safely in place. This makes it almost impossible for crooks to snatch your bag. Even if they had a knife in hand, it would take time to cut the seat belt.


Tip 3: Tint your windows with Solar Security Film

Solar Security Films are virtually shatterproof and strengthens the glass, making it difficult for smash and grab robbers to reach your bag in a nick of time. With Solar Security Films, your windows will remain as a single, large piece of glass and not in tiny shards in case of a robbery attempt, so you do not get injured from broken window pieces as you make your way to the closest police station for help. The darkened window also makes it harder to view the interior of your car. Remember – it’s always better to be safe than sorry.


Tip 4: Keep your valuables safe and yourself safer

To also avoid being a smash and grab victim while your car is parked at a parking lot or outdoor parking space, it’s always ideal to keep your valuables safe. Items such as your SmartTag, Touch ‘N Go or loose change should be kept away from prying and hopeful eyes because this may bring you unnecessary inconveniences. Keep your SmartTag in the glove compartment when you’ve parked your car and only take it out when you need it, and never forget to take your items such as a laptop down from the car!


Tip 5: Pay close attention to your surroundings as you drive

This may sound like a difficult thing to do while you’re driving, but it will always help to be a lot more alert when you’re on the road. Keep an eye out on a certain vehicle if it seems to be tailing you a lot and never head home straight away if you feel like you’re in danger. Don’t play with your phone when you’re at a traffic light as this will distract you from your surroundings and possible impending dangers, and always keep your emergency numbers close to you in case of an unwanted incident.


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