THE Johor Baru South police headquarters is taking active steps to engage with the local community to promote its communication channels.
Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Padzli Mohd Zain said they have started distributing their call cards to various business sectors, factories and residents for the past two weeks.
“We have so far given out about 500 of these cards while also taking time to speak to members of the public about safety issues and crime prevention measures.
“We asked them to be our eyes and ears and channel information on any suspicious activity to us.
“We find that engagement with the public is an important part of fighting crime.
“With the information on the call card, the public can get in touch with the police on various platforms, such as our hotline and social media channels, ” he said in an interview with StarMetro.While the crime rate in Johor Baru may have dropped between January to March 9 compared to the corresponding period last year, ACP Mohd Padzli said his team would continue to monitor the situation.
He said crimes were usually classified into two categories – violent crime, which involved bodily harm like physical attacks, murder and causing grievous hurt; and property crime, which covers vehicle theft and burglary.
He said from Jan 1 to March 9 this year, 167 cases of violent and property crimes were recorded in his district, compared to 481 cases in the corresponding period last year.
“I think Covid-19 and restricted movement may have contributed to the decline, but I advise the public to be vigilant at all times.
“The police is ready to assist at all times, ” he added.
ACP Mohd Padzli that a total of 1,490 cases (225 violent crimes and 1,265 property crimes) were recorded in 2020 – a drop from the 2,196 cases (430 violent crimes and 1,766 property crimes) reported in 2019.
On the issue of parking touts in the city centre, he said his team conducted had four operations since March 20 and found that the majority of these jaga kereta were homeless and drug addicts.
“During the raids, we arrested 30 people, of which 28 were for drug-related offences.
“Last year, we also held raids in the area and arrested 206 people and 162 of them were drug users, ” he added.
The public can visit the Johor Baru South police Facebook page at www.facebook.com/polisJbs for news, information and crime prevention tips.
The Johor Baru South police hotline is 07-218 2323.
Alternatively, the public can contact the state police hotline at 07-221 2999 or head to the nearest police station for assistance.