Robberies lead to increased police presence

KOTA KINABALU: Round-the-clock police presence and routine patrols are in place in the city after a string of robberies.

Kota Kinabalu OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zaidi Abdullah said hotspots had been identified for daily foot and vehicle patrols.

“Besides patrolling, we also have walkabouts and operations with other agencies, plus special teams to handle crime and other incidents,” he said.

ACP Mohd Zaidi urged the people to lend a hand to make the city a safer place for all.

Last Thursday, two women were robbed within six hours in the back alley of a bank in downtown Gaya Street.

An 18-year-old boy was also arrested after passers-by held him for snatching a handphone from a woman.

He is also alleged to have robbed another woman of RM50 a few hours earlier that day.

Last Sunday, city police nabbed a 29-year-old man in connection with the brutal assault and robbery of a woman at about 6.30am the previous day. A CCTV recording of the incident went viral.

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