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Friday September 6, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by sira habibu
PETALING JAYA: Housewives and anti-crime groups are excited over the Amanita project to rope in women to help fight crime in neighbourhoods.
Rokiah Hassan said they were suited for the job because housewives were home most of the time.
“Break-ins also happen during the day. By having special programmes with the police, we will know who to call for immediate response.
Karsom Abdullah said it was high time the police roped in housewives to help, especially in high-risk neighbourhoods.
Voice of Women president Chew Hoong Ling suggested that the police formulate a structured long-term plan to ensure those participating in the scheme are able to relay messages effectively to the police.
“There should be programmes to educate non-tech savvy housewives so that they can relate messages fast and effectively use mobile social media tools,” she said.
Chew said the community policing programme should also be extended to househusbands and others who work at home.
Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) Residents Association chairman Mohd Hatim Abdullah said they had initiated an e-mail group to help feed information to the police.
“We created this e-mail group two years ago, and we have 1,500 participants,” he said, adding the RA held monthly meetings with the police to provide feedback on security issues.
He said residents in TTDI, which has 6,500 households, had also created a Facebook page and Twitter account to help disseminate information on incidents and events in the neighbourhood.
Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye described the idea as “very practical”.
“However, combating crime should involve all sections of the community.
“Every Malaysian, irrespective of gender, can play a role in crime prevention,” he said, adding that the police must provide contact numbers for residents to call when they suspect something amiss in their neighbourhood.
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Courts & Crime, Family & Community, TTDI ra, Voice of Women, lee lam thye, crime prevention, housewives
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