KUALA LUMPUR: Anti-crime efforts at People’s Housing Project (PPR) here will be boosted following a decision to place police personnel there.
In a new approach, Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said the police would be placed at 15 PPRs in a bid to curb crime there.
“We plan to assign two personnel at each PPR. They will stay at several units there, courtesy of the Federal Territories Ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Hall.
“For the first phase, 27 units will be available for police personnel, ” he said, adding that the number would be expanded to 38.
Comm Mazlan was speaking to pressmen after attending the Wilayah Care Initiative community programme at Desa Rejang Public Housing Project (PPA) here yesterday.
The programme was launched by Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.
Comm Mazlan said the 15 PPRs involved in the project were 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.
“By placing policemen at the PPRs, the residents can report crimes to them directly, ” he said.
He added that the project would start immediately.
“We have not set how long the personnel will stay at any given PPR, ” he said, explaining that the project would be evaluated after a few months.
A total of 494 cases were recorded at PPR and 42 cases at PPA in Kuala Lumpur between Jan 1 and Sept 26, Comm Mazlan said.
“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.
Comm Mazlan said a total of 1,001 people were arrested for drug-related offences at PPRs in Kuala Lumpur.
He urged the people to assist the police in ensuring the safety of their areas.
Anyone with information can contact the KL police hotline at 03-2115 9999 or the nearest police station.