Crime down 67% since start of MCO, say cops

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  • Wednesday, 08 Apr 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Crime has gone down some 67% since the start of the movement control order (MCO) nationwide, says Comm Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

The Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department director said from March 18 to April 7, an average of 116 crime index cases occurred daily compared to 350 cases on normal days.

"When most people are at home, it will surely lead to less crime as the opportunity and targets are taken away from the criminals.

"We also conduct 750 roadblocks daily for 24 hours. If crime occurs, it is easy for us to relay information and be on alert," he said.

While the scenario is ideal, Comm Acryl said police must also consider whether it is practical all the time given the manpower and resources.

Those on duty at roadblock have also been told to inspect riders for food sending services as there has been information that some of them are carrying contrabands, he added.

"We have reminded all personnel nationwide to be aware of this situation and check the riders randomly.

"It is even more imperative to check should they receive information or tip-off," he said.

During the MCO, police personnel are also tasked at patrolling residential areas through the mobile patrol vehicle and motorcycle patrol units.

"We want to check whether the people are adhering to the MCO as those not involved in essential services must stay home.

"For example, a resident might argue that he is jogging alone at a housing area but if all residents think like that then it will defeat the purpose of the MCO," Comm Acryl said.

He also reminded the people that only one person per vehicle is allowed on the road to go buy necessities or to the bank unless it is for medical reasons or emergencies.

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