In light of the current case where whisperer's pouch got snatched at JB whilst riding his bike, this thread is to inform everyone here of what to do if such a thing happens to you.
What actually happened:
extracted from Snatch Theives on bike
jus had a bad experience at 1st link. this thread is not for me to ######, but to warn everyone.
i was returning back to singapore via 1st link along jalan wong ah fook, at around 2220hrs. traffic was slightly heavy, and noticed alot of malaysian bike riding alongside us. as i was filtering right and turning up to the roundabout which leads back to singapore, i felt someone fumbling with my waist pouch. before i realised what was going on, my pouch snapped and i saw 2 malaysian chinese escaping on a kup kia to the right exit leading to jalan tebrau. due to the road condition and traffic, i was unable to give chase nor take down their number plate. immediately, i alerted my group who were ahead and we made our way to make a police report. i had lost my handphone, wallet containing ic and driving license, atm cards, and my passport. the pouch strap was still intact, which means the robbers had used something extremely sharp to cut away my pouch in less than 5 seconds.
the trip back to singapore was a long one, as i had to go thru customs explaining what had happened. i also met this malaysian chinese, who told me the same thing happened to him at the exact spot. it was then i realised that the place is a hot spot for such robberies. they probably had trailed me along jalan wong ah fook, and striked at that exact spot, where they could make their escape to a dark road with alot of small lanes.
i can only curse them for their deeds. perhaps, as my friends hav said, nothing had happned to me let this be a lesson, an expensive one, to everyone who frequents that area. don't let your pouch hang where it can be easily reached by someone riding beside you. keep your valuables in different places to minimise loss in the case of such events. it was the first time i had used that pouch to contain all my valuables. it was also my last.
1. Make a police report at JB Police station. or you can call this no. 072212999 (got the no from SG news)
2. Request for a copy of the report. (Some have encountered the policemen asking you to pay them 5RM for the copy. Be firm with them and say I have made several reports before and I know I don't have to pay.)
3. You can then use the police report to show at the Customs to explain that you lost your passport and other belongings. (at malaysia custom, usually you can just ride thru since there is nothing to chop now)
4. When you reach SG custom, you need to show them the JB report, may need some explaining to indentify u as Singaporean. Afterwhich you have to proceed to the nearest NPC to make a local police report again, just once will do as the system is link to other govt agency expect for your credit card or such.
The subject matter is that you can use the police report to get thru customs. Unlike many years ago where you have to go to Singapore Embassy in KL to obtain some kinda temporary pass to get thru Customs.
I hope whisperer can share further on part 3 so that we know what to do at the customs.
All in all JB is like any other country/state. It has its fair share of crime rates. The crimes are not particularly targeted at Singaporeans so we must never be biased against Msians.
Instead, we must step up our own precautions when we enter JB. Prevention is better than cure.