SIBU: The slight increase in the number of reported housebreaking and theft cases here is worrying the police.
District police chief ACP Mohd Kamal Kordi said yesterday that from July 1 to 16 this year, a total of 13 cases were reported against 11 in the same period last year.
“We are worried with this increase especially with this Hari Raya celebration when people are going back to their kampung and leaving their home empty,” he told a press conference.
To prevent such cases from happening, he wanted the revellers to get the assistance of the police to look after their homes. The police would do this by patrolling in their areas.
“You can either inform us by sending message to our Rakan Cop line, filling the form at the nearest police station or by just calling us. I advise those who are leaving town not to leave valuable things or vehicles behind,” he said.
Kamal said they could leave their vehicles either at the police headquarters’ compound or at its Sungai Merah station.
Revellers should also inform their neighbours if they were going to their kampung for Raya, he said, adding: “Do not celebrate Raya and forget your neighbours. They are the one closest to you who could help you to look after your house.”
Owners of vehicles, he said, could also help by not leaving the car or motorcycle key in the ignition as this would only invite theft.
On the road safety campaign in conjunction with the Raya celebration which has been ongoing since July 10, he said the number of reported accident cases were 39 with two of them fatal.
“We urge motorists and motorcyclists to be cautious while on the road. Most accident cases involve motorcyclists,” he revealed.