MALACCA: Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) is on a mission to clear the negative perception on the police force for not reducing the crime rate.
MCPF vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said some residents are still casting doubts on the force although statistics reveal that the crime index has dropped tremendously over the past years.
“We have to clear this misconception as police are working hard to safeguard the public but some were blaming the force without realising the facts and figures,” he said after handing over dozens of giant umbrellas to Malacca police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye near Stadthuys here to be used for the static crime prevention beat.
The event was also witnessed by senior police officers from the Malacca police contingent who later distributed crime prevention pamphlets at Jonker Walk.
Lee said the police has been striving to slash the crime index and their effort proved through the number of cases solved.
“But now we have to create a positive impression about the effort placed by the force in combating crime activities to foster closer relationship between the police and the public,” he said.
Lee said law enforcement agencies alone were inadequate to tackle crime and effective social policies and programmes should be promulgated at every part of the country.
“We need the participation from all community, traders, residents and professionals to assist in combating crime,” he said.
Lee said many Malaysians, especially women and children are still ignorant of the dangers lurking around them and this agenda to prevent crime demands synergistic, concerted and tireless endeavours from all.
He noted with the current economic uncertainties and aggravating drug menace, the fear of crime had turned into a serious problem confronting society.
Meanwhile, DCP Chuah noted that the giant umbrella with a police emblem will help to signal the presence of his officers at crime hotspots.
He said the static police presence was cost-saving as policemen stationed in an area keep vigil on crime-prone sites.
Chuah said the state’s female police corp “Amanita” was also actively patrolling housing estates to curb criminal activities.
He said the presence of female police officers on motorcycles was aimed to help housewives share information on suspicious activity around their neighbourhood.
“Woman police officers on patrol can be a force to be reckoned with and be a source of protection for housewives during the absence of their husbands during working hours,” he added.