SEREMBAN: The crime index in Negri Sembilan in the first 11 months of this year has shown a decline in crimes reported compared to the previous year, says state police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop.
He said only 1,698 cases were reported during the period as against 2,213 for the same period of 2020, a decline of more than 23%.
"House breaking and criminal intimidation cases have also declined by 24% and 20.7% respectively.
"However, there was a slight increase in some crimes such as causing hurt and murder, where three more cases were reported compared to the same period last year," he said adding that vehicle theft had also reduced by 43%.
DCP Mohamad said this after launching the state-level "Go To Safety Point" (GTSP) event jointly organised with Petron at Bandar Ainsdale on Thursday (Dec 9).
He said police would continue to do their best to keep the crime index low so that the people felt safe.
"Crime has become a hot topic of discussion among the people and some may think that the police are not doing to ensure their safety.
"I would therefore, urge all police personnel in our contingent to give more focus to their work, improve on integrity and the level of delivery services so that whatever negative perceptions against the police can be corrected," he said.
DCP Mohamad said the police need the support of all parties to effectively keep the crime rate low.
He said the GTSP initiative, launched nationwide in 2013 was one such example where the public can go to seek preliminary assistance in the event of an emergency.
The police, on its part, would help provide specific training to the petrol station operators and their employees to help members of the public in distress.
He said as of Dec 2020, 2,995 petrol stations nationwide had signed up for the programme with Petron alone having 722.
"These stations are a safety point for anyone during an emergency such as being a victim of robbery, accident etcetera.
"The employees are also trained to give some form of first aid treatment to those affected and to report the matter to the police or other enforcement agencies," he said, adding that crime prevention should be made a culture.
On a separate matter, DCP Mohamad said the police had yet to get a post mortem report on a four-month-old baby girl who reportedly died while under the care of her babysitter on Tuesday (Dec 7).
He said police had however recorded statements from several individuals.
The mother of the deceased lodged a report after her baby was pronounced dead at the Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital.
In her report, she claimed that the babysitter had called her while she was at work to say that her baby was weak.
She then rushed to the babysitter's house and saw that her baby's face was pale and she was not responsive.
The baby was then taken to the hospital where medical personnel performed CPR on the deceased but she was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.
Police have classified the case as sudden death pending a post-mortem report.