Saturday August 18, 2012
Subang Jaya folk happy with increased police presence
By AUSTIN CAMOENS
SUBANG JAYA: Residents in Subang Jaya are happy that increased police presence under Ops Payung has managed to reduce crime in the area.
Retired armed forces personnel, Ang How Chuan, 73, said the mobile beat base initiative has helped crime eradication efforts in USJ2.
“I have been living here for 20 years and before Ops Payung was launched, there used to be snatch thefts in the area.
“Now, however, I have not heard of any cases here,” he said.
Ang said the visible presence of police personnel has helped make his neighbourhood a safer place but he hoped for more police patrols especially during the afternoon.
SS15 resident, Joe Singh, in his 50's, echoed Ang's sentiments as he believes these mobile beat bases have helped to catch criminals before they commit a crime.
“A couple of months back, some residents were suspicious of a motorcycle circling the area.
“When we notified police personnel at the beat base, they caught the motorcyclist, and found tools believed to be used for breaking-into,” he said.
When met recently Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said police have identified 394 locations all over Selangor for such mobile beat bases.
“In Subang Jaya, 38 mobile beat bases have been moving around,” he said, adding that between January and June this year, the Crime Index for Selangor has decreased by 11.1% compared to the same period last year.
DCP Tun Hisan said three police personnel are assigned to a single mobile beat base, and two should interact with people regularly to find out the types of crime they are worried about.
“Police reports can also be lodged at these beat bases,” he said, adding that they provide greater coverage compared to static bases, such as police stations.