Sibu cops not resting despite 10% drop in crime


SIBU: Although the Sibu police have been successful in reducing crime by more than 10%, or 1,109 cases, last year, they are not in a celebratory mood.

“We cannot afford to rest on our laurels. We need to do more to make the town free of crime, especially from serious crime,” district police chief ACP Shafie Ismail told reporters here on Monday.

He said that cases of serious crime increased by 16.6% or 82 cases.

However, he said the actual number of cases was small because cases of husbands threatening their wives had been classified as serious crime.

Last year, 10 people were arrested under Ops Cantas Kenyalang, an ongoing operation against gangsterism, Shafie said.

“We remanded them under the Emergency Ordinance 1969. We will not hesitate to use this ordinance on those committing serious crime,” he said.

For this year, he said the police would focus on prostitution syndicates, gangsterism, gambling, cockfighting, snatch thefts and robbery. — Bernama

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