Cooperation cuts down crime

STREET crime in Petaling Jaya dropped by 4% last year compared with the year before, and the reduction can be attributed to cooperation from the residents, said Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed.

“Residents associations play an effective role by providing us information about crime in their areas.

“They also provide us with suggestions on ways to improve safety and secrurity in their area.

“Based on their information, we have managed to modify our services for crime-prone areas, ” Arjunaidi said when met at the launch of The Star’s People’s Voice — You’ve Got the Power campaign at Bandar Utama in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

ACP Arjunaidi also said the police had dispatched more personnel based on the needs of the different areas.

He added that with community programmes such as talks, forums and roadshows like the initiative taken by The Star, residents were now more informed and aware of ways to prevent crime as they had the opportunity to meet police officers and speak to them directly.

“We cannot bring the crime rate down to zero but events like this will definitely help in enhancing what we have been doing,” said ACP Arjunaidi.

Besides Arjunaidi, top department officers from the Petaling Jaya district contingent were also present at the carnival including Damansara police station head Chief Inspector Thomas Sulok to take complaints from the public.

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