ABOUT 300 more auxiliary police will serve Prasarana by the end of the year, said Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Law Hong Soon.
He said 660 auxiliary police were on duty in Prasarana’s train and bus stations now.
“Petty thefts such as pick pocketing, extorting and sexual harassment happens in crowded places like Rapid KL LRT, monorail and bus stations.
“There were 119 such cases last year with 42 reported until May this year. Although the statistics show a reducing trend, it still happens and we are pushing for crime prevention,” he said at a press conference after launching the “Crime Prevention campaign — Safe Journey with RapidKL” at Pasar Seni LRT station.
DCP Law said two to six auxiliary police would be stationed at each station and some would be in plain clothes and board the trains and buses for surveillance.
“With increased police presence, it would deter crime. We do not want to react to crime only when it happens but before it happens.
“Taking public transportation should not be a stressful affair but a comfortable one,” he said.
During the campaign, two patrol cars were also launched to assist the auxiliary police to move between the 60 train stations and bus stations. Brochures on safety precautions and emergency contact numbers of police stations were also distributed.
Prasarana Malaysia Berhad (Prasarana) group managing director Azmi Abdul Aziz said 900,000 commuters used services by RapidKL daily and this was projected to increase to one million when four stations in the LRT extension opened in October.
“We want commuters to always be alert when using public transport to avoid becoming a victim.
“Since the auxiliary policemen started servicing the stations in 2010, RapidKL also accompany commuters to their vehicles if a need arises, regardless of gender.
“Do not hesitate to ask our officers at the stations for help,” he said.
Prasarana Malaysia Berhad is the asset holder and operator of the two LRT lines — Ampang and Kelana Jaya, and monorail, as well as Rapid KL, Rapid Penang and Rapid Kuantan bus services.