‘Crime index needs review’

Comm Rosli (third left) with SAC Mohamad Anil (on his left) chatting with NGO representatives and community leaders after presenting appreciation certificates to them at the community hall of the police marine base in Batu Uban, Penang. — MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star

THE Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department (JPJKK) is reviewing other elements which should be included in the calculation of the crime index in Malaysia, said Comm Datuk Seri Rosli Ab Rahman.

The Bukit Aman JPJKK director said the elements included currently might not be relevant to indicate the accurate crime index.

“At the moment, there are two categories included in our crime index which are serious crime and property crime.

“Serious crime involves violence such as killing, rape, robbery and hurting others. Stealing of vehicles or breaking into homes are considered as property crimes.

“We will study again and include several elements that are not included in the crime index such as extortion, intimidation, street crime, road bully, commercial crime, scamming and drug abuse. Around 40% of the suspects are drug addicts,” he added.

Comm Rosli also said the proposal was still under discussion.

“JPJKK is still studying on this and a thorough study will also be done before any decisions are made.

“Hopefully, the study can be done as soon as possible so that the new calculation method can be implemented by Jan 1, 2020.

“This initiative was motivated by the fact that although the crime index has decreased but fear of crime still exists among the people,” he told reporters after a dialogue session at the community hall of the marine police base in Batu Uban last Thursday.

Comm Rosli also announced that since January this year until Aug 27, the overall crime index had decreased by 7.2% although there was around 1% increase in crime index in Penang, Terengganu and Sarawak.

Comm Rosli said the local communities should work hand-in-hand with the police in order to prevent crimes from happening.

“The local communities are the ones who are familiar with the situation and they should be the ears and eyes of the police.

“It is easier for the police to identify and catch crime offenders when they get information from local communities.

“The police and NGOs should also work together and patrol together in crime hotspots,” he said.

More than 250 people from different NGOs attended the event.

Appreciation certificates were also given out to people who had contributed in aiding the police in crime prevention.

Also present were Penang Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohamad Anil Shah Abdullah and Bukit Aman JPJKK (coordination resources support) principal assistant director SAC Mohd Soaihami Rahim.
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