POLICE have reminded the public not to leave their houses to chance during the holiday season.
Penang deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan said the holidaymakers should inform policemen at the nearest police stations so that they could patrol the vicinity to prevent burglaries and house break-ins.
“Your lights are not supposed to be switched on for 24 hours as this will attract attention. Also, ask your neighbour to keep a close watch on your house when you are not around.
“Don’t forget to unsubscribe your newspapers, bread or milk, as anyone can figure out that nobody is at home if these items are piling up at your doorway.
“We have seen untoward incidents taking place during this period.
“On our part, it is business as usual as policemen on motorcycles or cars will continue patrolling the residential areas.
“We have enough manpower for that,” he said during the event themed, ‘A Tribute to Everlasting Fellowship’ which celebrated the retirement of 200 policemen at Marine Police Region 1 Batu Uban base yesterday.
He said the celebration was to commemorate the contribution of policemen who were still being considered part of the force even though they had retired.
“They can still serve the community by being role models to their children, who in turn, can contribute to the community when they grow up,” he said.
On another matter, DCP Thaiveegan said the crime rate, up until Dec 9, had decreased by 922 cases or 11.52% when compared with the corresponding period last year.
Earlier, George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the high profile policing would be held every Thursday.
He said policemen from the district would be divided into eight groups to meet the people and distribute crime prevention leaflets to them.
“We want to forge a close rapport with the public. This will lead to positive outcome in crime prevention,” he said after a high profile policing programme at the Jelutong market.