PETALING JAYA: The state crime rate is expected to increase by 5% this year, said Selangor CPO Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar.
He said the crime index for the first five months of the year showed an increase of 8.5%, compared to 18% during the same period last year.
The Klang Valley has the dubious honour of having the most number of crimes committed in the country, he told reporters after giving away prizes for the best police station (Category B) in the state at the Kampung Subang station yesterday.
He declined to reveal actual figures but said the increase was due to the burgeoning economy.
The crime index in Selangor has never stopped increasing. Last year, the total increase was 15% and in 2006 it was 18%.
However, we will work harder to contain the crime rate increase this year and are expecting an increase of only 5%, DCP Khalid said.
He also held a dialogue session with residents of Kampung Subang on crime prevention and the public's role in helping police combat crime.
Selangor has a 9,000-strong police force for its population of eight million people, translating to one police officer for every 890 people.
DCP Khalid said he would not use lack of manpower as an excuse for the increase in crime and promised to go after the criminals.
We are identifying groups involved in crimes, and we will hunt them down, he said.