Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reminds U.S. citizens of a continuing crime trend in Malaysia. There have been a number of recent reports of assaults/attempted robberies on lone pedestrians by individuals, typically young males on motorbikes.
There have been two recent incidents in neighborhoods near the U.S. Embassy, most recently on August 10, 2020.
The U.S. Embassy reminds the U.S. citizen community of common safety precautions, including consideration of the appropriate age for children to walk alone. For example, the U.S. Embassy places some restrictions on children of U.S. government personnel walking to and from schools.
Walk against traffic, on the inside of the sidewalk, with handbags kept away from the street side of the curb. Keep a close eye on any moving vehicles, particularly motorcycles with pillion riders. Be cautious at busy intersections and when crossing streets. Be cognizant of how you carry your belongings. Holding backpacks or purses in your hand beside you, or casually slung over your shoulder or behind you, makes you an easier target. Bags should be held close to your body in front of you, and backpacks should be slung over both shoulders on your back. Be sure to fasten any closures on the bag. Avoid choke points in travel. Be wary of diversions (such as reading from/texting from mobile phones) or using earbuds/headphones which can limit your situational awareness. Do not assume that regular vehicular traffic means that criminals will not strike. Vary your routes and schedule to make your time and place unpredictable.
Actions to Take:
- Use caution when walking.
- Review your personal security plans.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
- Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
- Keep a low profile.