Thursday, June 6, 2013

Malaysia: German Tourist, 20, Robbed, Injured in Kuala Lumpur, Losses Estimated at US$584

Katharina Sophie Ditzler, 20, a German tourist who had been in Malaysia for roughly a month, was robbed of her possessions and valuables and physically injured by two assailants on a motorcycle earlier today (June 6). To make matters worse, Ms. Ditzler was within view of the federal police headquarters when the incident occurred.
Ms. Ditzler sustained injuries to her head, back and face after she was beaten with a metal chain by two men on a motorcycle in Jalan Cenderawasih. The incident took place at 1630 hours.

Although the victim did resist the attack initially, eventually as she realized that she was bleeding, she surrendered her bag, which contained upwards of US$584, including a laptop computer, credit cards and money. Fortunately, her passport was in her guitar case, which was not taken.

COMMENT: As time went on, bystanders came to the aid of the young woman and helped her get to a local hospital where she was treated and released.
Ms. Ditzler was originally from Bochun, Germany and had been traveling the world for approximately eleven months. 

On the day of the incident, she had gone for a walk near the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park with a friend, when she stopped along the road to take photographs of the scenery. Her friend had gone a bit further around the corner, where I could not see him. It was at that time that two men on a motorcycle converged on her.

Although I can understand Ms. Ditzler's obsession with preventing the theft of her laptop, given her interest in photography, one never knows when they may be seriously injured or killed when resisting street criminals.

A lesson-learned from this incident is to stay in reputable accommodations where the majority of one's possessions can be safeguarded, rather than being vulnerable to robbery on a 24/7 basis.

As I have said so often in the past, it is essential that all travelers maintain a keen sense of personal security awareness at all times, as predators take advantage of travelers' vulnerabilities on a worldwide basis.