Published: Thursday July 12, 2012 MYT 3:13:00 PM
Updated: Thursday July 12, 2012 MYT 8:36:51 PM
Pemandu: Crime index down by 10.1% from January to May
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's crime index fell by 10.1% between January and May this year, Pemandu said on Thursday.
According to figures released by Pemandu's Reducing Crime NKRA director Eugene Teh, there were 63,221 cases between January and May this year compared to 70,343 cases recorded in the corresponding period last year.
“The NKRA's focus on bringing down the crime rate in the last three years has achieved big wins yearly since we first began the Government Transformation Programme and the trend seems to be continuing,” he said.
Teh added that index crime dropped by 11.1% from 177,520 in 2010 to 157,891 in 2011.
Index crime are classified as property crimes which include theft, snatch theft, vehicle theft, machinery theft and house break-ins and Violent Crimes which are robbery, assault, rape and murder.
Street crimes have also seen a noticeable drop with 38,030 in 2009 dropping by 39.7% to 22,929 in 2011.
"Other initiatives under the Reducing Crime NKRA have been a visible and increased police presence especially in identified crime hotspots (including redeployment)
"As an example 2,892 police personnel in KL were assigned evenly to 501 sectors for patrolling.
"Since the Reducing Crime NKRA, these same numbers of policemen are now focused on 11 crime hotspots, allowing for a significant increase in police presence in areas where it is needed," said Teh