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FOR Seri Alam resident Tiong Chu Moi, the Safe Home Campaign in Johor is a chance to cooperate with police in preventing crime during the festive season.
The 43-year-old housewife said that joining the campaign would enable members of the public to take more responsibility in ensuring the safety of their homes.
“Most of us have been blaming the police for the high crime rates and criminal cases.
“It is time for us to stop pointing fingers at them and be more proactive in crime prevention,” she said, adding that the campaign was the perfect opportunity for such action.
Meanwhile, another resident Chong Mei Kee, 40, felt the campaign could create a safer environment for the community.
“This is the first time I am registering with the campaign.
“I will be able to focus on celebrating the Lunar New Year rather than worrying about my home,” she said, adding that she woke up at 7.30am to participate in the 3km anti-crime run and the launch of the Safe Home Campaign in Seri Alam on Sunday.
For Theo Tia Eng, 40, from Taman Molek, the campaign could reduce the anxiety of leaving homes during Chinese New Year.
“‘I always hear of people worrying about their houses being broken into when they leave for their hometowns.
“I feel this will be a thing of the past as the police are organising a meaningful campaign that can deter crime,” she said, adding that she would urge her neighbours and friends to join the campaign.
Johor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff, who launched the campaign, said that houses registered with the campaign in the past had zero break-ins during the festive season.
“The campaign can enable the police to monitor and increase patrols to the houses when the occupants leave for their hometowns.
“Please help us to help you,” he said, adding that the police would not let the people down.
Johor Crime Prevention Foundation chairman Tan Kok Hong urged the public to register with the campaign.
“The war against crime is the responsibility of everyone, not just the police.
“Members of the public must cooperate with the police to prevent crime,” he said.
The campaign, organised by the police force with the collaboration of The Star, Johor MCA and Johor Crime Prevention Foundation, is to encourage the public to notify the police of their absence during the festive season.
The form (see above right) is obtainable from The Star in the Metro South and East pullout or at its office at 65 Jalan Maju, Taman Maju Jaya, here.
The forms are also available at selected police stations. Photocopies are accepted.
Completed forms can be faxed to 07-224 0115.
The public can also inform the police by sending an SMS to POLISJOH at 32728 or by calling the hotline at 07-221 2999.