You would have though crime during Covid-19 and Movement Control Order would be at zero, surprisingly this is not the case, according to police reports total number of crime during committed during the 60 days lockdown was 5098, a 50% drop.
Is goes to show criminals will find any means to continue their trade no matter what the circumstances are, one such activity that was terrorising city folk were snatch thieves. These riders were a menace and caused much grief to ladies, who were the majority of victims. From January to June this year a total of 743 cases were reported, a substantial number despite the increased police patrol and reduced traffic.
Police has identified new tactics being used by these snatch thieves which is very scary, according to Dang Wangi police chief ACP, these people are disguising themselves as food delivery riders which completely blindsides innocent victims. Their approach will be unsuspected and police will also not be able to detect who is genuine and who is a criminal, thy all wear uniforms and have the same undistinguishable bikes.
During MCO there were cases of these riders conducting illegal activity including pushing drugs and running operations for gambling syndicates. Its unbecoming of gig economy workers who use these platforms to perform illegal activity, giving authorities and the public another social issue to contend with, welcome to the ‘new norm’ criminals.