ISKANDAR PUTERI: More effort should be put into eradicating social crimes that involve teenagers and children, especially at the early stage of education, says Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.
He added that a total of 1,388 students were arrested in 2018, followed by 1,230 students in 2019 and 538 students from January until October.
“About 99% of the offenders and victims are students within the ages of 13 to 18, namely those in secondary schools.
“In general, 95% of those arrested are male, versus only 5% female students.
“Most crimes conducted are motorcycle theft, theft, voluntarily causing injury to others, house break-ins, rape and robbery.
“Records also show 58% of the victims are female students and 42% are male students, ” he said, adding that rape recorded the most number of victims.
This was revealed at a press conference after the launch of the Children and Teenagers Crime Awareness Module (Mekar) at Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club here.
He noted that for narcotics cases, 38 cases involving 67 students were reported in 2018, while 33 cases involving 43 students in 2019 and 30 cases involving 36 students from January to October.
“All of the drug cases involved secondary students, namely for drug possession and consumption of drugs and ketum, ” he said, adding that although the recorded numbers were going down, more effort should be taken to solve these issues.
In order to further reduce this number, Comm Ayob pointed out that a total of 1,374 school liaison officers would conduct monthly Mekar programmes – a joint counselling activity conducted by the Johor Police Contingent and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Counselling Centre.
“Presently, we have a total of 1,031 primary schools, 288 secondary schools, 20 secondary religious schools, seven primary religious schools and 28 private, international and higher learning institutions in the state.
“Each school and higher learning institution has one school liaison officer and the police plan to improve its role through activities in the school instead of coming twice a month during the school assembly, ” he said.
Comm Ayob added that the officers would be deployed once the movement control order is lifted and schools reopen.
The Mekar module contains three objectives, namely raising awareness on the dangers of crime involvement, providing early prevention and education measures on crime, and reducing the number of crimes involving teenagers and children.