JOHOR BARU: Johor police plans to adopt at least one black spot in each of the 13 police districts statewide and turn the crime-infested area into a white spot as part of its crime prevention efforts.
State police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Rusli Ahmad said whitening the black spot strategy was not something new as it has been practiced by police in the Klang Valley.
He cited an example the San Peng Flat area in the capital notorious for its image with the gangsterism and drug-related activities had improved after the area was adopted by the Kuala Lumpur police.
“It is impossible to totally eliminate crimes in an area but we need proactive measures to at least reduce the crime rates,” SDCP Ramli told a press conference.
He said this during a meeting session with members of the media since taking over the state police post from Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff on April 26.
SDCP Ramli said he would direct the police heads in all 13 police districts to identify the black spot in their jurisdiction under whitening the black spot strategy.
“We will rope in local councils, resident committees, non- governmental organisations and government agencies in crime prevention as it is not only the duty of police,” he said.
SDCP Ramli said concerted efforts were needed from other parties such as the local councils in cleaning up their areas from becoming joints for drug addicts and snatch thieves.
Similary he said police had identified 15 black spots within the Johor Baru South, Johor Baru North, Nusajaya and Seri Alam police districts which needed immediate attention and focus.
Meanwhile, state Traffic Police and Public Order chief Supt Baharudin Mat Taib traffic said offenders in the state with warrants issued to them have until May 15, to settle their outstanding summonses.
“No discounts will be given to them and they have to settle the summonses any traffic police counters in the state,” he said.
Supt Baharudin said if they failed to settle their dues within the stipulated dateline, police would start visiting their working places and houses and legal action would be taken against them.
He said a separate operation would also be conducted to nab Singaporeans with outstanding traffic offences and advised Singaporeans to settle their summonses when they are in Johor Baru.