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Sunday August 7, 2011

KK uses RM1m allocation on efforts to reduce crime rate

KOTA KINABALU: About RM1mil given by the Home Ministry is being invested by the state government to reduce the crime rate.

City Hall has installed 250 new street lights and 32 floodlights at Segama and Kampung Air in the state capital's downtown area.

A 90m-long metal railing has also been installed along the seaside walkway between the marine police office and Jesselton Point, a popular spot for locals and tourists.

Under the Safe City programme, six safety mirrors were installed along various roads in the town area, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai yesterday.

“More security measures will be introduced, including the installation of closed-circuit television cameras at strategic locations in the downtown area,” Dr Yee said at the launch of the programme here.

He said the programme, which was part of the Home Ministry's National Key Results Area (NKRA) on crime reduction, aimed to reduce the overall crime rate in Kota Kinabalu by 5% next year and street crimes by 20% by the end of the year.

Kota Kinabalu acting deputy police chief Deputy Supt Peter Ambuas said NKRA targets had helped to cut the number of violent crimes this year.

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