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Saturday June 8, 2013

Crime rate in city down by more than double NKRA’s target, says police chief

KUCHING: The local police have achieved more than double their crime-fighting target in the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) this year.

Kuching police chief ACP Roslan Bek Ahmad said to date, they had reduced more than 12% of crimes in the city, way beyond the targeted 5% of the NKRA.

He said this showed that the new anti-crime initiatives by the police and members of the public had worked well.

“This is very encouraging. Although crimes still happens and we cannot totally eradicate them, we have managed to reduce them greatly and would continue with our efforts,” ACP Roslan told reporters after receiving a shopping mall police kiosk from Sarawak Islamic Complex near Jalan P Ramlee here yesterday.

Although he had no exact figures at hand, ACP Roslan said street crimes and break-ins had been reduced a great deal.

“Snatch thefts for example had been reduced by as much as 70%,” he said.

The only crime that was on the rise was vehicle thefts. He assured that the police were working on several vehicle theft cases and the figure was not worrying.

“In fact we arrested some vehicle theft suspects recently. We would be able to solve the cases soon,” he said.

On the Kuching Cop Cycling Club, he announced that it would participate in an aid-for-cancer cycling event today at 7.30am starting at the Sarawak General Hospital together with some 300 other cyclists.

At the same time, the police would carry out crime prevention and Rakan Cop campaign during the event which is organised by the Health Department.

“The cyclists will be flagged off at the Sarawak General Hospital and will finish at Plaza Merdeka,” said ACP Roslan.

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