KUANTAN: Student involvement in crime has increased drastically over the past few years, causing the authorities to express their concerns and find ways to address the situation.
Pahang deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm I Datuk Sharifuddin Abdul Ghani said that 307 students were found to be involved in crime this year compared to 209 last year.
“However, the overall crime rate in the state dropped from 6,398 cases last year to 6,211 up to November this year.
“We hope people will work together to create awareness and curb the involvement of students in crime,” he said when opening the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation’s (MCPF) Crime Prevention Month here recently.
Also present were Pahang MCPF chairman Datuk Johnny Ch’ng Ewe Gee.
SAC Sharifuddin said parents should monitor their children and regularly check on their whereabouts.
He said the police believed that many youths told their parents that they were going to friends’ homes to study but instead would be found loitering in shopping complexes.
“Students must mix with the right friends or they’ll be influenced and led astray by mischievous ones,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ch’ng said students and youth leaders exerted a very strong influence on their peers.
“We hope they will lead by example and help make the neighbourhood safe by participating in community programmes and activities.
“Combating crime is the responsibility of all and only by working with the authorities can it be reduced,” he said.
Later, SAC Sharifuddin and Ch’ng presented goodie bags containing pamphlets and books on crime prevention to visitors at the event.
Other activities included a blood donation drive, colouring and singing contests, exhibitions, public talks and discounts given on traffic summonses.
Teruntum assemblyman Chang Hong Seong presented prizes to the winners of the competitions before closing the event.