THE state's crime rate went down in the first five months of the year, Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman told the state assembly.
Abdul Ghani (BN–Serom) said that based on studies, the crime index in the state declined by 9.22%, compared to the corresponding period last year.
“The index went down by 0.05% in January, 15.19% in February, 13.26% in March, 15.67% in April and 2.35% in May. Most of the cases reported involved motorcycle and snatch thefts, and also housebreaking.
“Up to June 22, motorcycle and snatch thefts recorded an increase of 4.5% and 19.28% respectively while housebreaking dropped by 12.68%. But the total crime index went down,” he said, when replying to a question from Osman Sapian (BN–Kempas).
Abdul Ghani added that although the police force had limited manpower, they still managed to reduce the crime rate in the state through various crime prevention measures.
“The public should assist the police and provide information to enable them to curb crime.”