Malaysia, in common with most Asian countries, has its own low levels of crime against foreigners. Below is a general guide to the crime situation in Malaysia.
Violent crime involving foreigners in Malaysia is relatively uncommon although, as in any country today, a reasonable level of care needs to be taken to avoid falling victim to petty theft, particularly purse snatching and pick pocketing. This is the most common criminal activity against foreigners in Malaysia, but most cities are well patrolled by the local police force. You are well advised to exercise caution when out in public as thefts can occur at all times of day and sometimes take place in front of large groups of witnesses. Thefts from cars are common, so be sure to leave baggage out of sight in your well locked vehicle.
Credit card fraud can also be a problem in Malaysia and you should avoid using credit cards, if possible and your credit card number should be closely safeguarded at all times.
Property owners can expect low levels of crime in the gated communities of the expatriate areas of the city and new developments in the coastal resort areas.
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