Why crime is rampant?


PETALING Jaya experiences almost as much crime in a single day as the state of Pahang in a month.

This frightening fact was revealed by Petaling Jaya district police headquarters OCPD Asst Comm (ACP) Azmi Abu Kassim at a crime awareness event.

“Keep PJ Safe” was held at the public square in PJ New Town and organised by the Taman Gasing Indah Rukun Tetangga (RT).

“I think we can all agree that the reason crime is rampant is because of our own carelessness,” said ACP Azmi, who took over as PJ OCPD a year ago.

PJ OCPD Asst Comm Azmi Abu Kassim (second from right) with Public Synergy Power director Eric Lo (second from left) at the SOS Save You & Me booth.Keep PJ Safe event, organised by the Taman Gasing Indah Rukun Tetangga in collaboration with the Royal Malaysian Police. Reporter to caption photos.

(asst Comm azmi (second from right) with Lo (second from left) at the SOS Save you & Me booth.)

Azmi cited a few examples from police reports lodged by PJ residents.

One victim left the engine of his motorcycle running and dashed in to buy milk from the store but found the bike missing when he returned.

Another did not properly lock his house before having a quick lunch nearby only to find it ransacked.

“One break-in victim even cleaned up their home before making a police report, leaving no evidence for the police to investigate,” he added.

“Because police can no longer find and catch the criminal, enabling them to commit crimes more than once,” he added.

Better cooperation between all PJ residents and the police, he said, was the key to turning the district into a safe place for people to live in.

Taman Gasing Indah RT chairman Eric Chew felt that residents should not be too dependent and place unrealistic expectations on the police.

“The community needs to play an active role in contributing to neighbourhood safety and better engagement with police will encourage them to improve their services,” he said.

PJ OCPD Asst Comm Azmi Abu Kassim distributing the special car stickers with emergency contact numbers to members of the Taman Gasing Indah Rukun Tetangga.Keep PJ Safe event, organised by the Taman Gasing Indah Rukun Tetangga in collaboration with the Royal Malaysian Police. Reporter to caption photos.

(Asst Comm Azmi distributing the special car stickers with emergency contact numbers to members of the 
taman Gasing Indah rukun tetangga.)

Public Synergy Power director Eric Lo was there for the live demonstration of his public safety mobile application, “SOS Save You & Me”, which is already available in Subang Jaya.

The app allows a crime victim to directly alert the local police headquarters at the touch of a button, and in the event that the police cannot assist, the emergency notification is also sent to other users who are close to the victim’s location.

Lo added that it can only be a successful crime fighting tool if more people use the app.

About 20,000 special car stickers with a list of emergency numbers will also be distributed among PJ residents, sponsored by Taman Gasing Indah RT.

There was also a police K-9 unit and T-baton combat demonstrations.