New wheels for men in blue

PENANG police personnel will soon be patrolling the streets in their spanking new Proton Preve which will gradually replace the Proton Waja fleet of patrol cars.

State police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the cars would be distributed to the five police districts in Penang.

“The cars are well equipped with a GPS, sirens and many other features. There is a need for 270 patrol cars in Penang but we’re unsure how many old patrol cars will be replaced.

“Bukit Aman will distribute the remaining Proton Preve to us in stages over the next six months,” he said after launching 13 new Proton Preve mobile patrol vehicles (MPV) at the state contingent headquarters in Penang Road yesterday.

He added that with the new vehicles, police personnel could carry out their duties more efficiently.

SDCP Abdul Rahim said the state contingent would also receive two new vans and 11 scooters for the Women Peace Police Squad to patrol residential areas and engage with housewives.

In his speech during the monthly gathering with police personnel, the top cop highlighted his concern in the rise of juvenile crime cases and domestic violence over the past year.

“There was an increase of 146 cases or 42% involving juveniles in 2014 if compared with the figure in 2013.

“The cases were mainly motorcycle thefts, rioting, burglaries, thefts and criminal intimidation.

“As for domestic violence cases, there was a rise of 79 cases or 30% from 2013 to 2014 and it is not limited to husbands beating their wives. We also receive cases of wives beating up their husbands,” he said.

SDCP Abdul Rahim added that one of the many steps that could be taken by the police force to reduce such crimes was to organise awareness programmes with the state Education Department, schools and the Women’s Centre for Change.

He also announced that 30 crime prevention billboards would be erected at crime hotspots in the state while a LED board would be put up in front of the state police contingent headquarters to display the daily crime index in Penang.

Also present were state deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan, Special Branch chief Senior Asst Comm Cheong Koon Kock, CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah and Penang Crime Prevention and Community Safety Development chief Senior Asst Comm Mohd Nasir Salleh.

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