Published: Tuesday September 25, 2012 MYT 7:47:00 PM
Hisham: Cops not manipulating crime index
KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has dismissed allegations that the police had manipulated the crime index rate by classifying index crime as non-index crime.
He said the statistics clearly showed that the total number of cases classified under the index crime was much higher than that for non-index crime.
Hishammuddin said this in a written reply to Hee Loy Sian (DAP-Petaling Jaya Selatan) in the Dewan Rakyat.
Hee had wanted to know whether the police had manipulated the crime index and the number of cases classified as index crime and non-index crime between 2007 and 2011.
Index crime consists of, for example, homicide, arson, rape, burglary, theft or basically anything that is physically pursued by the person committing the crime.
Non-index crime consists of non-physical confrontation such as drug possession, drug seizure, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and negligent manslaughter.
Hishammuddin said that between January and August this year, 108,886 crimes were reported, with 101,313 of them being index crime and 7,573 non-index crime.
"A total of 229,997 crimes were reported last year, 252,844 in 2010, 271,831 in 2009, 271,004 in 2008 and 252,324 in 2007," he said. - Bernama