After a late night out with friends on Thursday night, I came home at about 11.50 pm. I decided not to call my family to reverse the other car out, so I could park inside. Didn’t want to disturb them sleeping. Little did I know, my considerate motion went unrewarded, even worse, got me into trouble.
I somehow had a naggy feeling of parking behind my house. My heart rate raced as I turned into the back lane. I did notice a motorbike trailed me from behind. So I waited till the motorbike was gone. I went on to put steering lock to my car, I looked at the rear mirror for any signs of people and also checked the side mirror. There was nobody. I hesitated to get out from the car. Somehow, I was feeling uneasy. I contemplated to call my sister but decided against it.
I got down the car and suddenly a man appeared out of nowhere standing next to me. For a moment, I was feeling calm. He was saying something to me very softly but I didn’t realize there was danger till I saw a tool on his hand. Not too sure what tool he was carrying. It looked somewhat like a saw but then it might be a car lock. Then, it dawned upon me that, I was about to be robbed! I thought to myself, “Shit! This is real! I am fucked! BIG TIME!” It was clear and loud to me what he was saying the second time – “Jangan jerit! Nanti saya pukul awak!” (Translation: Don’t scream! I will hit you!”)
I cursed myself for not trusting my instincts and then, out of reflex, I threw my bag at the guy. Then, I screamed. Really loud. He looked agitated and wanted to hit me. I shouted again. He ran to a waiting accomplice and sped away. I ran towards him and tried to decipher the motorbike number plate. Unfortunately, it was too dark.
My family heard my screams and they came down to assist. First thing I did was to run up to my room and power up my lap top. Got online to get the banks phone numbers. I called up all the banks to block my credit cards and atm. As I was doing this, my hands was trembling like crazy. I couldn’t even dial the numbers on the phone. I got really frustrated and threw the phone on the floor in a fit!
My cousin sis helped me to dial the phone numbers and I began to calm down. After I managed to sort out of banking stuff, I went to the police station to file report.
This time, the police station was filled with all female officers. I was surprised. Perhaps most of the male colleagues went to watch football and exchanged shifts with them. I calmed down and proceeded to lodge a police report. The inspector in charge that night was also a lady. A pretty lady. She asked if I could identify the person if she shows me photos. I said, I might. So I was led to the office to look at mug shots. It’s really scary to see so many criminals. I had to look through 3 freaking albums! Somehow, I don’t think I remember how he looked like now. I guess it’s good to forget things, hopefully.
I was glad I escaped unharmed. I am lucky in that sense. I couldn’t sleep a wink that night. As I am recalling this incident, my hands were trembling on the keyboard. I hope all my friends, please be careful and don’t stay out too late. Criminals always strike when we least expect it. I would like to say thanks to all my friends for showing support when I needed it most! Thank you!