KUALA LUMPUR: The police will be stepping up crime prevention efforts in Putrajaya, Dang Wangi, and Sentul following a recent increase in the crime rates there.
City police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said that when comparing the crime ratio per 100,000 people from Jan 1 to March 13 this year with the same period last year, the three districts had seen increases with Putrajaya having the highest spike at 78.57%.
Dang Wangi and Sentul had seen slight increases of 1.85% and 0.4% respectively.
“We will be focusing more on these three districts to bring the crime rate down. This means more operations and engagement with the public,” he said to a press conference at Mid Valley Megamall on Tuesday (March 19).
He added, however, that despite the increase in these three districts, the overall crime rate in the city has decreased by 4.02% during the same period.
Comm Mazlan said that Wangsa Maju saw the biggest decrease of 24.51%.
“The crime rate also went down 18% from 2017 to 2018,” he said.
Comm Mazlan was speaking after a walkabout and meeting with shoppers at the mall in a high-profile policing programme.
“This is an ongoing effort by us to continue engaging the public so that we maintain a positive relationship with them.
“So far this year alone, we have conducted six walkabouts and it will continue indefinitely,” he said.