Crime : Safety And Security

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Safety and Security
Crime Threats
The overall crime rate is designated as Medium for Malaysia; however, the rate is believed to be higher in Kuala Lumpur (KL). Petty crime against expatriates is fairly common while violent crime remains relatively uncommon.
Most criminal activity directed against foreigners is limited to non-violent crimes of opportunity such as petty theft, purse snatching, pickpocket, and credit card fraud. Purse snatching is the most frequently reported crime against expatriates, as reported by the Royal Malaysia Police in a recent crime victimization survey (OSAC, 2014).
Where to Turn to for Assistance if you Become a Victim of Crime
Victims of crimes should call the national emergency telephone number: 999 (the Malaysian equivalent of 911). In tourist areas, the RMP have established small “Tourist Police” stations to assist tourists in case of an emergency (OSAC, 2014).
Best Situational Awareness Practices
To avoid becoming the victim of a purse snatching, be alert and aware of your surroundings. Purses or shoulder bags should be closed and tucked under the arm. Do not wrap the strap around your arm or shoulder. If your purse or bag is snatched, let go of it immediately. Do not struggle with the attacker. Remain calm until the incident is over and report it as soon as possible to the police.
If you are driving, do not leave valuables in easy-to-reach areas, such as the passenger seat. Instead, leave them on the floor or otherwise hidden from view.
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