KOTA KINABALU: More and more students are getting involved in violent crimes and drug abuse in the state and the police are getting very worried.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Hassan said that students from secondary schools and institutes of higher learning had been caught for a variety of crimes including rape, robbery, fights and house break-ins.
Last year, of the 409 juvenile reports, 62 cases or 15.2% involved students and many of them involved theft and property crime, he said at the launch of the Rakan Cop and state-level anti-crime campaign for secondary students here yesterday.
“I hope that the education department, lecturers, teachers and parents will pay attention to this problem and take steps to monitor the activities of these youths,” he said.
“If parents suspect their children are involved in unhealthy activities like drugs, my advice is that you take early action by seeking necessary help from the relevant authorities instead of letting the problem become really serious,” he added.
Comm Mokhtar also urged teachers to be proactive by sending students they suspect of involvement with drugs to police stations to undergo urine tests.
“As long as we fear or do not want to take drastic action, the drug problem among students will continue and, if left unattended, will spread like cancer,” he added.
On Rakan Cop, he said a total of 3,486 people in Sabah had registered during the state-wide crime prevention campaign launched a year ago at more than 20 police district headquarters.