Residents hopeful that men in blue will deter crime


The row of shops at Taman Seri Margosa.

RESIDENTS of Bandar Seri Botani are overjoyed at the news that auxiliary police personnel will soon be a permanent feature at the 485ha township.

The presence of the men in blue, according to residents, will deter crime and make living there more peaceful.

Seri Margosa resident Desmond Ee said unlike most housing schemes at the township, his area was not fenced up nor guarded by private security firms.

“A few years ago, there had been a proposal to secure the entire Seri Margosa with fencing and to hire guards to survey the area.

“Unfortunately, the plan did not go through due to poor response. Of the 60% of residents who replied, more than half rejected the plan.

“I was very disappointed as I feel that every new area is an easy target for thieves and robbers,” said the 34-year-old engineer.

I am sure the presence of the auxiliary police will surely scare away those up to no good. - Zuraidah Hanim

With word from Taiko Properties Sdn Bhd, developer of the township, that it will soon roll out an auxiliary police scheme to ensure the security of residents, Ee said he couldn’t be happier.

“It’s a very good move on the developer’s part. For sure, I will have peace of mind when the scheme comes into effect.

“And the best news is that residents will not have to pay for it,” he added.

Fellow Seri Margosa resident Zuraidah Hanim also praised Taiko Properties for taking such a proactive step to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the township’s residents.

Zuraidah, 36, who also owns a grocery shop at the township, said it could get rather quiet in the daytime especially when it rained.

“Of course, like any other housing area, this place is not without incidences of break-ins.

“I’m sure the presence of the auxiliary police will surely scare away those up to no good,” she said.

I would be able to sleep better at night with the knowledge that auxiliary police personnel would be patrolling the area. - Mohd Ridzuan Joahari

Housewife Azreen Samion, 39, said her residence at Seri Palma was also without guards and it made her extremely worried each time she returned home alone with her four children in tow.

“My husband works far away and it is up to me to ferry the kids around.

“And most times, I get really worried that someone might be tailing my four-wheel drive and following me home,” she said.

Azreen, however, said she preferred having the police than guards around.

“I’ve heard stories of how some guards feed criminals information on the movement and whereabouts of residents,” she said.

Army personnel Mohd Ridzuan Johari, 30, said he would be able to sleep better at night with the knowledge that auxiliary police personnel would be patrolling the area.

“Guards are less dependable. The most they will do is go round the area once every hour,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ipoh district police crime prevention and community safety department head Deputy Superintendent Razali Mat Salleh said Bandar Seri Botani would be the first housing area in Ipoh to have an auxiliary police scheme.

“It is a good move on the part of the developer. Hopefully, more will follow in the footsteps of Taiko Properties.

“Developers should realise that by improving the safety of their housing schemes, they are also increasing buyers’ confidence.

“This is because auxiliary police personnel are subjected to the same stringent training of the Royal Malaysian Police force and they continue to report to us,” DSP Razali said.

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