SIBU: Police in Sibu are stepping up patrols in the town and residential areas to ensure a crime-free Chinese New Year.
Sibu police chief ACP Shafie Ismail said he had ordered an immediate increase in patrol vehicles from five to 10 making rounds from 7pm to 11pm.
More police personnel would be deployed to the ground during the festive season, he added.
“Two to three uniformed policemen and detectives will carry out special rounds,” he said.
The police chief urged members of the public to contact the nearest police station if they found any suspicious characters lurking about.
ACP Shafie said this at a dialogue with 11 Shell dealers from Sibu town, Sibu Jaya, Kanowit and Selangau.
The dialogue was initiated by Shell Timur Sdn Bhd to create awareness on crime prevention. Similar dialogues had also been held with the police in Kuching and Miri.
Shell Timur retail territory manager for Sarawak, Juchin Ong, said it was the first time that such a dialogue had been held in Sibu.
He urged all Shell dealers in Sibu to co-operate with the police and create a safe environment, especially around their service stations.