THE reputation of Klang south as crime hotbed is worse than reported crime figures due to exaggeration by certain quarters.
According to Deputy OCPD Superintendent Azman Abd Razak who chaired a two-hour meeting with the Klang Consumer Association (KCA) and Bukit Tinggi Residents Association (BTRA) representatives recently, public perception of so-called rise in crime does not reflect the statistics compiled from police reports.
Supt Azman said the overall crime index in Klang south for January to September (2,255 cases) fell by 6.31% as compared to the same period last year (2,407 cases).
“For snatch theft, there were 71 reported cases in 2011 but since January until the end of September, there were 24 reported cases, a drop of 66.2% . Fear of crime or the perception of crime is higher than what in fact is reported,” he said.
Only four snatch theft cases out of 24 were solved this year.
It was noted that the police recorded 407 cases on wayside robberies in 2011 as opposed to 395 until September this year. Supt Azman said he based his policing measures from statistics collated from reports made.
Statistics also showed that house break-ins came up to 430 in 2011. For the first nine months in 2012 there were 373 cases reported, giving it a 13.26% drop after police managed to solve 199 cases.
According to the statistics on motorcycle thefts, 725 cases were recorded in 2011 and for the first nine months of 2012, the figures rose to 756, a 4.28% increase.
Car theft also saw an increase from 257 cases in 2011, to 306 cases until end of September this year. Out of this, 119 cases had been solved. Rape cases saw a rise from 29 in 2011 to 35 cases reported until Sept 2012, where 29 cases had been solved.
“Our men are working hard and smart to curb crime. Snatch thefts have seen a significant fall,” Supt Azman told KCA president Devadass Anjan.
Devadass suggested that two policemen must patrol an area instead of six policemen going at one time or being under one umbrella.
“We want the police to maximise the limited manpower with intelligent policing thus be more productive to prevent crime for this festive period around Jalan Tengku Kelana, Jalan Mohet, Lorong Tingkat, Jalan Station and around the Mara bus station,” he added.
KCA committee member K. Mariappan said with the run-up to the Deepavali festive period, snatch thefts would see a rise and urged more uniform policemen to be stationed at the Little India business enclave.
BTRA chairman K. Gopal told Supt Azman that at times information given to Klang South police headquarters is leaked out and the person who had given the information ends up being threatened.
Another resident from Taman Sentosa, Anthony Dass said he had gone through similar situations.
“I would suggest residents to lodge reports or give information direct to Bukit Aman and allow the information to filter down to Klang South police headquarters to avoid unnecessary threats,” said Anthony.
Supt Azman said he could not stop his men from “leaking out information” and agreed that in future residents could direct all information to Bukit Aman and he would wait for the orders to take action.