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Friday September 19, 2008

Campaign to prevent crime during festive period launched again

WITH festive celebrations around the corner, many will choose this time to visit their hometowns.

However, empty homes will definitely attract burglars.

In an effort to prevent crime, the “Balik Kampung-Rumah Selamat” campaign, which proved to be effective the last holidays, was launched again last Sunday at The Summit Subang USJ for residents of Subang Jaya, USJ, Putra Heights, and Bandar Sunway.

The campaign initiated by the USJ Residents Association (USJRA) under its SJ Alert SMS/EMS crime prevention programme is a free, non-profit community SMS that disseminates information on crime to residents in the respective areas.

The campaign was launched Selangor CPO Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar, who was representing deputy IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar, together with Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh, Subang Jaya OCPD ACP Zainal Rashid Abu Bakar, the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) deputy president Mohamad Yusoff Ghazali, senior police personnel from Selangor and Subang Jaya and officers in charge of the participating police stations.

USJRA honorary secretary Eileen Cheah said about 300 homes in USJ that registered for the Balik Kampung-Rumah Selamat service during this year’s Chinese New Year were spared from any untoward incidents.

Yeoh said her office donated RM5,000, while Kinrara assemblyman Teresa Kok contributed RM2,500 from her state allocation for the event.

Yeoh said since taking duty in the last six months, she had come to know that security was one of the main concerns of Subang Jaya residents.

“Residents in my constituency, like those from USJ, have been pro-active in carrying out their own initiatives like neighbourhood patrolling and meetings with the police. But one of the best crime prevention measures is definitely getting to know your neighbour,” said Yeoh.

Khalid admitted that crime cases escalated during the festive season and advised people to lock their homes properly and exchange contact numbers with their neighbours so that they were in touch at all times.

Meanwhile, residents who wish to register for the service could obtain the forms from police stations in SS17 Subang Jaya, USJ 8, Putra Heights, and Bandar Sunway or download at www.usjra.com or www.sjalert.com.my.

The registration will be compiled by the USJRA/SJ Alert committee and delivered to the relevant police station.

The police will then arrange their patrol units to patrol the registered homes during the festive period.

The police will also leave “visit slips” during their patrolling rounds to notify owners that their homes had been “patrolled’.

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