SHAH ALAM: Selangor police have received 72 false reports since January that hindered their enforcement efforts during the movement control order and conditional MCO.
Covid-19 special spokesman Asst Comm Muhammad Yazid Muhammad Yew said out of that total, 57 cases were related to mugging, accidents (10), theft (three) and a false report each on kidnapping and other issues.
He said this figure was an increase from 21 false reports lodged last year.
Investigations revealed most of these reports involved individuals who claimed they were mugged or were victims of snatch thefts to avoid paying a fine for losing their identity cards.
“We advise the public not to make false reports as this will only disrupt the planning and duties of the police in enforcing the CMCO to curb the spread of Covid-19 when we have to investigate crimes that did not happen, ” he said yesterday.
ACP Yazid added that an individual who filed a false report would be investigated under Section 182 of the Penal Code and could be jailed for up to six months or fined up to RM2,000 or both, if found guilty.
On a separate matter, he said 58 online fraud cases involving about RM524,000 were recorded during the enforcement of the conditional MCO between Oct 14 and Nov 19.
“Although shopping online is easy, the public must be aware and cautious of the authenticity of websites to avoid being cheated, ” he said.
On inter-state travel, ACP Yazid said 66,776 applications had been received since Oct 14, with the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters receiving 37,753, the highest number. — Bernama
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