Wednesday March 20, 2013
The people like working with the police in fighting crime
JOHOR BARU: The public is happy they have a role in community policing programmes, which includes fighting crime.
The success of this collaboration with the police is reflected in the 26.7% drop in crime incidents between 2009 and last year in Johor, one of the states identified in the NKRA for reducing crime under the Government Transformation Programme (GTP).
State deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ismail Yatim said the community policing initiative had become an integrated part of the police efforts to reduce crime, adding that there were 268 community policing programmes in Johor.
He said criminal cases dropped from 20,970 in 2011 to 19,068 last year. The drop of more than 9.07% in the crime rate was more than the target set under the NKRA, he added.
“When we compare last year’s total cases to the 26,035 cases reported in 2009, we see a drop of about 26.7% in crime activities,” he said, adding that community policing was part of 30 initiatives by the Johor police to help reduce crime rates.
Bukit Indah community policing chairman Yap Keng Tak said many people now realised the importance of forging close ties with the police in reducing crime.
“We had only five members when our community policing started on June 26, 2009, but we now have more than 1,200 members,” he said, adding that the people had noticed a drop in crime cases since the GTP was launched that year.
“Residents were scared to walk out of their homes because of rampant snatch theft and robbery cases. That has all changed now.”
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