Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Snatch thieves offender to sweep streets?

To teach snatch thieves a lesson, police have proposed that the punishment which awaits them be in the form of social work, like sweeping the streets. The police proposal for snatch offenders carry out social work by sweeping the streets, on the same streets where they used to prey for victims eight to 12 hours daily. They claim that the present punishment was ineffective and did not deter snatch thieves from re-offending.

Frankly speaking, I personally think it is too lenient already for such an offender knowing that they not only cause material loses but life as well. Two months’ pregnant Jamilah Selamat, 32, died two days after falling from her motorcycle in a snatch theft in Ayer Hitam, Batu Pahat, Johor last week. A day later, four months’ pregnant Saripah Mohd Noor, 33, died after falling from her motorcycle during a snatch theft at Kampung Padang Raja, in Ketereh, Kelantan.

First of all more drastic prevention is needed before talking about punishment on offenders. Police need to deter such crime to occur first. Snatch thieves are everywhere preying victims on the streets. One can only wonders why they can do so freely and easily. Imagine this, the rats roaming freely when there were not cats around. Where are the 'cats'? Do we have enough 'cats' anyway? Please ponder on this Mr. Police man.

For now, all of us are to be alert when on the streets.

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