SNATCH thefts topped the list of concerns of Section 17 residents during a face-to-face session with the Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed and his team last Saturday.
Held in Jalan 17/38 near the morning market, this was the second session for the police to reach out to the community following one in Taman Paramount. It was also a chance for the residents to meet the police and voice their problems.
Asst Comm Arjunaidi said Section 17 was one of the areas in Petaling Jaya with a high crime rate.
“Residents here told me their concerns and gave their suggestions, which we value as they, having lived here for many years and know the area better than us.
“Aside from today’s programme, we also meet residents associations to discuss in detail methods to curb and reduce crime.
“We look forward to having smart planning and a smart partnership with PJ residents,” ACP Arjunaidi added.
In reply to residents’ queries that a police beat base near the market had not been operational since it was built almost five years ago, Arjunaidi clarified that it was not actually a beat base but was a shed that had been painted in a similar colour.
“We will try to find a suitable venue if we can have a beat base in the area,” he said
“We have given the proposal for CCTVs to be installed in PJ to the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) but the council has yet to decide on the matter.”
He said the next meet-the-people session would be held in Taman Megah, Kelana Jaya.
Three police horses were brought in and some of the residents, especially children, seemed more interested in petting and taking pictures with the animals.
Section 17 Residents Association chairman Datuk S. Doriasamy said aside from snatch thefts, residents were also worried about burglaries.
“There were many incidents of snatch thefts but many of the victims do not want to report it as they think it is troublesome. But they should understand that if they make a report, the police would have a record of the case and be aware of the high crime rate.
“I personally saw one snatch theft happen along Jalan 17/3 and gave chase but in vain. When I told the victim to report it to the police, she did not want to and just walked off,” he said.
He added that residents hoped for more police presence in the neighbourhood.
“There are youths on bikes without helmets and they will be revving up their engines and racing at night. I’ve taken down their motorcycle registration numbers and informed the police but no action has been taken so far.
“I would also like to know more about the proposal that the MBPJ install CCTVs in PJ,” he said.
He felt that the session was quite successful with the good turnout.
“The police asked me to inform all the residents and I’ve made more than 1,000 copies of the notice and drop it off at the letter boxes of residents yesterday and the day before,” he said.
However, Section 17 resident Cho Hoe Nam, a 66-year-old retiree, felt that there was not enough publicity done to inform all the Section 17 residents.
“I only knew about it when I saw the banners and some of my neighbours did not even know as they rarely go out of the house.
“It would be better if the forms were sent to us at least a week ahead so that we can have time to think about the issues we wish to highlight,” he suggested.