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Kuala Lumpur - Crime & Safety
There is a very tight restriction on guns and firearms ownership. Islam is the dominant religion and culture in Malaysia, but many other religions and cultures are respected as well especially in KL. Expatriates, however, should take note of some sensitivities, such as overt public displays of affection, provocative dressing and profanities.
As with living in any large city, crime does take place. Always be alert when walking late at night. Snatch thieves are known to operate using motorcycles, or to lean out of fast-moving vehicles. Ladies, in particular those walking near the end of the streets or waiting at traffic light junctions, are often targeted. Most, if not all, expatriates live in gated communities or apartments with security guards and 24-hour CCTV surveillance, hence reducing the risk of break-ins and other petty crime.
KL's traffic can be hazardous, and is similar to traffic conditions in other Asian cities such as Bangkok and Shanghai. Motorists and pedestrians alike would want to be on the lookout when crossing roads, especially for motorcyclists. In a recent study of traffic accidents in KL commissioned by the KL City Hall, it noted that about 52% of all fatal and serious traffic accidents in KL involve motorcycles.
Flash flooding can occur after heavy downpours. Areas that are most susceptible to flash floods are low-lying areas, such as Sungai Klang, especially Kampong Datok Keramat, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kampong Bharu and Jalan Tun Perak / Jalan Melaka. Flash floods exacerbate the traffic situation. For more information on flash floods, refer to the DBKL's website at www.jpbdbkl.gov.my