ONE of Shah Alam’s fastest growing townships is in dire need of a full-scale police station, with a sizeable force to meet the security needs of its residents.
Presently, Kota Kemuning only has a police beat-base located in a corner shoplot in Jalan Anggerik Aranda D 31/D, that has nine officers to serve a population of almost 100,000 people not just in Kota Kemuning but also neighbouring housing estates.
Kota Kemuning alone has some 30,000 residents but the police force posted at this beat-base also have to patrol surrounding developments including Bukit Rimau, Kemuning Utama and Jalan Kebun.
The nearest full-scale police station is located in Taman Sri Muda, which is more than a 15-minute drive away from Kota Kemuning.
Many believe that the distance from Taman Sri Muda will affect response time during an emergency and the lack of police presence will only spur more incidents.
In fact since May, robbers have become more brazen, striking the same neighbourhood or shoplot clusters several times a day or once every week.
One of the victims, Daniel Tan has been robbed twice, once in his office and once at home in Amverton Park, Kota Kemuning.
Thieves attempted another break-in at the office on Aug 14, spurring him to contact StarMetro.
Tan, who owns a software company in the Sinaran Satu commercial centre along Persiaran Anggerik, said the robbers move in and out through the water tank area on the roof.
“They access any of the stairwells that has not been locked up, climb to the third floor and use the ladder mounted on the wall to access the roof where the water tank is located.
“From there they can move between office lots,” he added.
In the first incident, he estimated losses at about RM15,000 after the robbers carted off company laptops.
Tan believed the robbers had been watching his office and got to work immediately after the last employee left the building at 9.30pm.
He decided to fix sturdy stainless steel grilles at the entrance of his office and a strong grille at the foot of the second floor staircase leading up to his place.
He also fixed an infrared camera and managed to capture a photo of the suspect during the second attempted break-in.
The stainless steel grille deterred the thief and he decided to climb up the roof to escape.
“Our developer has arranged for security to patrol at night, but the suspects are moving within the building and cannot be seen from the outside.
“Once outside they may look like any other patron with a bag,” Tan pointed out.
Kota Kemuning Residents Association (KKRA) secretary Vivien Khoo said cases like this had increased steadily since 2010.
“Initially burglars targeted houses, but after a spate of robberies, most of the residential areas installed security gates and fenced up their areas, forcing the culprits to turn their attention to commercial areas,” she added.
The burglars, Khoo noted, had a range of modus operandi and worked in Kota Kemuning as well as other large and upper-middle class neighbourhoods in Shah Alam.
“Once vigilance increases in Kota Kemuning, they move on to other areas temporarily until residents let their guard down.”
She said the problem could be solved by building a full-scale police station and staff it with the necessary number of personnel.
“We have two police reserve lands located in Anggerik Doritis and Anggerik Tainia,” she added.
Several years ago, KKRA even printed 6,000 postcards addressed to the Home Ministry to petition for a police station to replace the current beat-base.
The cards were placed in six strategic locations and members worked hard to gather enough signatures but the postcards were never handed over as they could not secure a meeting with the minister.
KKRA president Mohd Radhi Cheah said a police station would not be constructed if the people did not cooperate.
He said the reluctance of victims to lodge police reports had hampered their efforts since the statistics did not reflect the need for increased police personnel.
“On average there is a crime happening almost every day but the police have no official records,” he added.
Radhi said many of the crime victims felt it was cumbersome to report an incident when there was no bodily harm or large amounts stolen.
“But we residents do not feel safe and are forced to pay double for security by hiring guards,” he reiterated.