SIBU: The crime-prone areas in and around Bukit Assek will be installed with more street lighting while barriers will also be put up at strategic places.
Deputy district police chief Supt Martin Koo said Sibu Municipal Council would undertake the two projects listed under the Safe City concept.
“With more street lights, it would brighten up Bukit Assek and the area behind the central police station which would be safer for the public,” he said at a dialogue with members of SUPP Bukit Assek branch yesterday.
Koo also said that the police would step up patrols in the area.
“Just like Rejang Park which was once a crime-prone area. After we put focus on the area, the crime cases have gone down. This was based on the number of police reports made by the people,” he added.
He also called on residents in the Bukit Assek area to cooperate with the police by being their eyes and ears.
“If someone breaks into your neighbour’s house, call us immediately. You cannot say it’s not your business,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Koo also said cases of drug abuse and trafficking were causing concern in this town.
He said based on the statistics for the whole of 2015 and the first two months of this year, the increase in the number of cases and the number of people arrested showed the “drug situation is getting worse”.
Koo said the police were very much aware of the matter and were going all out to check the menace.
For the whole of last year, he revealed that there were 1,837 cases of drug abuse with 2,361 people arrested.
“There were three cases of drug trafficking last year with seven arrests made. But for the first two months of this year alone, the number of cases increased to four with 10 arrests,” he added.
Six people were arrested in January-February from four cases investigated under Section 39A(1) of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952 which provides for the mandatory death sentence if convicted.
“The most common type of drugs involved is syabu – 332.60gm were seized in 2015 compare with 471.35gm seized in the first two months of this year. The second most rampant type of drugs is ketamine where 50gm were seized last year compared with 219.19gm for the first two months of this year,” he added.
In 2015, a total of 883 Eramine-5 tablets were seized against 211 tablets for the first two months of this year.
Koo said the amount of ganja seized was also on the uptrend, from 28.42gm in 2015 to 63.80gm for only the first two months of this year.
Branch chairman Chieng Buong Too also said the public feared that the town was not safe due to several shooting cases in recent years.
Koo said as those shootings did not involved the general public, they should not fear for their safety.
“These cases do not involve rampant shootings in the town but involved groups of people who have grudges with their rivals. They did not involved the general public as they did not shoot innocent people. So please go out and tell the people that Sibu is a relatively nice place (to live in),” he added.
Koo also praised the police for their hardwork and effectiveness in controlling and reducing the number of violence cases from 264 cases in 2014 to 198 last year.
Property crime was also on a downhill from 1,392 cases to 980 in 2015.