Fewer lawbreakers during MCO

THE implementation of the movement control order (MCO) and conditional MCO has seen a drop of 30% in Penang’s crime index rate as of November.

State Criminal Investigation Department director Senior Assistant Commissioner Rahimi Ra’ais said the implementation of MCO and conditional MCO since March coupled with continuous police operations in combating crime has caused a drop in criminal cases in all the five districts in the state.

SAC Rahimi said high case- solving rates, crime prevention actions taken by the police, police roadblocks and increase of awareness among the public also contributed to a drop in the crime index rate.

He said the police formed teams to monitor MCO compliance under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342).

He said these teams were not only responsible for enforcing the Act but at the same time also

functioned in carrying out crime prevention during routine patrols and enforcement.

“Indirectly, this measure contributed in preventing criminals from committing or having the intention to commit crimes, ” he said.

On Penang’s crime index ratio of 3.7% last year, SAC Rahimi said the statistic was made based on the crime index ratio per 100,000 population in the country.

He said that every year, the crime index would show a slight increase in its ratio as the population also increased.

He however noted that a full comparison could not be made now as the exact percentage of crime index ratio could only be compiled at the end of the year.

On Nov 20, chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said in a statement that the crime index ratio per 100,000 population in Malaysia had improved to 256.6 in 2019 compared with 273.5 in 2018.

He said seven states recorded a crime index ratio below the national level in 2019 — Sarawak (214.6), Perlis (207.5), Perak (195.8), Pahang (195.7), Kelantan (188.2), Terengganu (150.3) and Sabah (143.5).

He said the crime index ratio for all states declined last year except for Penang (3.7%) and Sarawak (4.2%).

The report presented six selected crime statistics namely crime index, drugs, corruption and environment as well as maritime and correctional crime.

The statistics are based on administrative records obtained from various agencies and the compilation is based on the concepts and guidelines of the International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purpose Version 1.0 manual published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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