Saturday January 19, 2013
Four ‘caught’ in the act
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI and STEVEN CHIEW
PETALING JAYA: A video clip of a daylight robbery along the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP) has gone viral in the latest of recent action by the public to film crime as it happens.
The video posted on Facebook shows two cars intercepting another at a flyover and four parang-wielding men smashing the driver's side window of their victim, a contractor who had just withdrawn RM25,000 from a bank.
The robbers forced the victim to hand over the money and, within a minute, escaped through the traffic.
A motorist nearby recorded the 10.15am incident on Wednesday and gave the film to the police.
The victim has since lodged a report with the Petaling Jaya police.
Any concerned motorist can record such criminal acts armed with an onboard video camera or even a smartphone in their vehicles, but CID Director Comm Datuk Seri Bakri Zinin cautioned that they must not be seen by the criminals.
There has not been any arrest so far but police are confident of catching the culprits fast with the help of the video evidence.
Commending the move, Comm Bakri said it was a “good sign” that the public were now stepping forward to play a bigger role in battling crime.
“It is good for the public to help police by filming crime, such as robberies, without risking their safety.
“We welcome any assistance but those filming incidents of crime must do so from a safe distance,” he told The Star yesterday.
Comm Bakri also advised those with such recordings to hand over their clips to the police as soon as possible.
“We can solve certain cases faster if the evidence is in hand,” he said, adding that such recordings would provide police with crucial evidence in the absence of closed-circuit TV cameras.
“We really appreciate the public's assistance as the battle against crime is the responsibility of all segments of society,” he said.