We all have that mentality that bad things won't happen to us.
Even though fb is full of crime stories & it's all that anyone seems to talk about.
Well today was my wake up call.
I was driving to work, it was 8:45am.
As usual I was stuck in traffic, waiting at a red light (in Sungai Long, just before the highway).
My laptop and handbag on the passenger seat.
And suddenly through my daydreams came a sound that wasn't right, that wasn't normal.
I turned to see my passenger window shattered into tiny pieces - but glued in place by the tinting film - and the steely, emotionless face of the guy who was still sitting there, on the back of a bike, looking at me, at my belongings and hammering steadily at the window.
Crimes like this happen so fast and yet so slowly.
I sat there for the longest time and all I could think was - "someone's breaking into my car".
I can't do anything.
My car is stuck in traffic.
I don't have any weapons…realistically, what can I do?
I have no control.
Then suddenly the slo-mo stopped and I grabbed by stuff and started honking my horn and screaming.
You know that movie screams aren't real, right?
If you've ever been genuinely afraid, you'll know what I mean.
It's not a scream. It's more like a roar, a deep throaty, angry roar.
I hope you never have to hear that sound.
And then they were gone - there was a driver and a smasher.
They biked away and that was that.
My window was left hanging, half attached, tiny pieces of window scattered on the floor.
I called up my friend.
Friend: *sleepy mumbles*
Me: Oh…oh ya, I forgot you'd be sleeping. Sorry. But. Someonejusttriedtosmashmywindow, somonejustsmashedmywindow, Idon'tkwowwhattodo!
Friend: Ok, relax, are you ok?
And really, I was.
It was &$£!?@% scary.
But I thank God that;
a) I had my windows tinted with safety film.
b) It was daylight and they only wanted my laptop.
c) They didn't have weapons.
I kept driving to work cos I didn't want to stop by the roadside after that...
My window was flapping in the breeze at bit, so I tore it down.
And everyone who passed looked at me like…crime victim.
So now I have to fix my window.
And follow my own, new safety rules;
a) Hide your bags.
It's so obvious and I DO do that sometimes. But nothing happens so I get lazy. Now I will not be lazy.
b) Memorise phone numbers!
What if they had taken my bag? I can't call anyone 'cos I don't remember anyone's number!
c) Find a Weapon…
That sounds a bit radical, hahaha, but I mean, if I at least had an umbrella by my seat…
d) Get darker tinting.
I chose a very light tint. Maybe it looks like it wasn't tinted so that's why they tried. I'll get a darker one next time. And spend on a good one! Honestly, if it wasn't tinted, 100% they would have taken my bag and gone before I even realised what happened.
STAY SAFE, BLOG READERS!!!