TEMERLOH: A total of 26 police reports have been received pertaining to break-ins during the recent floods in badly-hit Temerloh district, Pahang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Seri Sharifuddin Abdul Ghani said.
SDCP Sharifuddin said all the reports were lodged between Dec 23 and Jan 6 in which Temerloh and Mentakab towns were badly inundated on the night of Jan 4.
He said 22 of the reports involved break-ins and thefts at supermarkets and shops while four other reports were house break-ins.
“We have conducted investigations under Section 457 of Penal Code for trespassing and housebreaking.
“So far, five suspects have been picked up to assist in investigations,” he said after giving out aid to 44 staff of the Temerloh district police headquarters here who were victims of floods.
Accompanying him were Temerloh OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Anuar Othman and Deputy OCPD Supt Zundin Mahmood.
SDCP Sharifuddin said police recovered items such as food stuff, electrical goods and even tyres from the suspects.
He said allegations that police were not taking action were not true as investigations were on-going and more time needed since the floods had yet to fully recede.
“We have set up teams to conduct patrolling and upon receiving information, deployed personnel on boats to prevent further thefts and break-ins.
“Priority is to assist stranded floods victims and we would like to thank all parties for assisting the authorities,” he said, adding that prior to the floods, police had initiated preventive measures and distributed leaflets to villagers in flood-prone areas on the dos and don’ts.
On victims who have perished in the floods, SDCP Sharifuddin said several of them died of heart attacks, one was mentally disturbed and another was a suspected drug addict.
He said public awareness had improved with more parents preventing their young children from playing near swollen rivers.
“All parties must co-operate and play a role to look after themselves and their family members,” he said.