KUALA LUMPUR: Police personnel and officers will be stationed at 15 People's Housing Project (PPR) in the Federal territory in a bid to curb crime, says Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim (pic).
The Kuala Lumpur police chief said the assigned police personnel will stay at several units in the PPR, courtesy of the Federal Territories Ministry.
"For the first phase, a total of 27 units will be made available for police personnel.
"We expect the number to reach 38 in the following phases," he told a press conference after the launch of the "Wilayah Peduli" community programme in Desa Rejang PPR on Sunday (Sept 29).
The 15 PPR that will be involved are PPR Seri Selangor, PPR Seri Alam, PPR Seri Sabah, PPR Bukit Jalil, PPR Desa Tun Razak, PPR Seri Pantai, PPR Pantai Ria, PPR Gombak Setia, PPR Seri Semarak, PPR Desa Rejang, PPR Air Panas, PPR Wahyu, PPR Beringin, PPR Intan Baiduri and PPR Kg Batu Muda.
"We are working closely with other agencies, including Kuala Lumpur City Hall.
"By stationing policemen at the PPRs, the residents can give information on crimes to them directly.
"The assigned personnel are also expected to arrange crime prevention initiatives in their respective areas," he said.
The project will start immediately, Comm Mazlan added.
"We have not set how long the personnel will stay at any given PPR.
"We will gauge the effectiveness after a few months and decide on the length of the tenure later," he said.
A total of 494 crimes were recorded at PPR and 42 in public housing projects (PPA) in Kuala Lumpur between Jan 1 and Sept 26.
"Crimes involving personal belongings are high in PPR with 425 cases and 40 cases in PPA.
"As for violent crimes, 69 cases were recorded in PPR and two cases in PPA," he said.
A total of 1,001 people have been arrested for drug-related offences at PPR in the Kuala Lumpur area, he added.
Comm Mazlan urged the people to assist the police in ensuring the safety of their respective areas.
Anyone with information can contact the KL police hotline at 03-2115 9999 or the nearest police station.
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