PERAK police received 95 motorcycles for its Motorcycle Patrol Unit (URB), and another four vehicles for the Light Strike Force (LSF) unit to boost crime prevention in the state.
State police chief Comm Datuk Hasnan Hassan said with the 67 Kawasaki Naked Z250 and 28 Scrambler KLX 250, the total number of motorcycles for the contingent in the state now stood at 422.
The main objective for the URB, he said, was to ensure that people constantly felt safe with the presence of policemen at housing areas, business centres, recreational parks, and schools.
“At the same time the four-wheel drive for the use of the LSF unit will also help the police carry out their duties, especially with the general election coming soon.
“Motorcycles are a smart choice because it is fast and effective when carrying out patrolling,” he said during the launch of the new vehicles at the state police contingent headquarters in Ipoh.
Comm Hasnan said with the launch of the 12th Ops Selamat in conjunction with Chinese New Year on Feb 5, the new vehicles would help in the implementation of the campaign. He said among the priorities of the campaign was to ensure total enforcement which includes, patrolling at crime hotspot areas, advocating road safety, and safe house campaign.
“I hope with the “Safe House and Reaching to a Destination Safely” theme, the campaign will help minimise road accidents, and encourage people to ensure their property is secured before they leave their homes for the festive holidays.
“In the first five days of the campaign, there has been a reduction of 82 cases or 13.7% in road accident compared to the same period last year.
“However, deaths due to road accidents increased by six cases or 66.7%,” he added.