Launderettes urged to review 24-hour operating hours to reduce crime risk

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation has called for a review of the operating hours of self-service launderettes, especially those open round-the-clock, to reduce the risk of robbery at the premises.

Its senior vice-chairman Lee Lam Thye said although the 24-hour self-service laundrettes offered customers the convenience of doing their laundry at any time, especially when the premises were not crowded, they could increase the risk of crime.

“Going to the self-service laundrette outlets after midnight and alone can pose a risk of becoming a robbery victim.

“For those who prefer to go to the self-service launderette outlets at night, avoid being alone at the premises by going to somewhere else while waiting for the laundry to be done,” he told Bernama.

Lee also advised operators of self-service laundrettes to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at their premises to facilitate facial identification of the criminals.

He added that frequent patrol by the police could also curb crimes at self-service launderettes.

A news report early this month said two women, aged 35 and 41, who were waiting for their laundry at a self-help laundromat in Setapak here, were robbed of their valuables by two armed robbers at 4.15am.