KUALA LUMPUR: The buzzer system was activated, which emitted a loud noise, but that did not deter some 15 motorcyclists from attacking and robbing five women at a petrol station here early on Saturday.
An employee of the station at Jalan Travers who witnessed the attack on the five women said the incident occurred so fast that there was simply no time to react but activate the buzzer system.
"The assailants did not panic and before anyone else could react, they had fled," said the employee who did not want to be named.
The motorcyclists escaped with three mobile phones, a gold chain and a bracelet worth about RM5,000.
He said the station was in the process of installing the panic button system, which would send distress signals to the police in case of a robbery.
In April, Shell (M) Bhd announced that 280 of its stations in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Negri Sembilan, would be linked to police operation centres and the Rakan Cop alert system.
Unlike the alarm system, the panic button system sends distress signals to all police stations, within five seconds.
"We were unarmed and outnumbered. We could not resort to heroics," said the employee.
It was reported that three employees of the petrol station watched the robbery from inside their locked office.
The five women - sisters Uma Munusamy, 33, Chittra, 32, and Latha, 31 and their cousins L. Ragas Letchumanan, 28, and Komala, 20, were attacked about 3.30am on Saturday when they stopped at the station to refuel.
The employee said when the victims left the place after the attack, the staff assumed they were going to lodge a report at the Travers police station.
"They, however, returned 20 minutes later, with several male friends. That was when we called the police."
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