JOHOR BARU: Stationing a detective at the entrance of police district headquarters to receive preliminary information on crime related matters has help to reduce the crime rates in Johor.
State police chief Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said that the move had resulted in quicker response time for the respective police district headquarters to deploy their men to the crime scene.
“When members of the public come to lodge a report such as snatch theft, the detective-on-duty would be the first to get important details and he will immediately alert patrolling units.
“This has been a practice only in the Johor police contingent and it has been proven effective with many cases solved within a few hours,” he told reporters after a working visit to the Johor Baru South police district headquarters here recently.
Comm Mohd Mokhtar said that the initiative was to ensure that police arrived fast at crime scenes, as it reduced the bureaucratic process of lodging police reports.
“Without the initiative, complainants have to queue up to lodge a report and then the police officers taking down the report will have to relay the information to the control room before patrolling officers are informed,” he added.
He also said that police recorded a decrease in crime index from 4,421 cases to 3,772 cases, a drop by 14.68%, between Jan 1 and April 14 this year compared to the same period last year.
“We have recorded a drop from 836 to 719 violent crime cases and from 517 to 457 street crime cases respectively between Jan 1 and April 14 this year against the same period in 2014.
“The crime rates for property and break-in crimes also saw a plunge from 3,585 cases to 3,053 cases and 435 cases to 392 cases respectively,” he said.
Comm Mohd Mokhtar added that some 4,930 from 262,963 individuals investigated, were detained by the police in the first quarter of the year.
“Of the total, 816 of them have been charged in court and 138 of them were on the police wanted list for various crimes.
“We have also confiscated two firearms, nine fake firearms, seven air-rifles, 61 tools commonly used for house break-ins as well as 158 other dangerous weapons,” he added.