Crime statistics from around the country

In Alor Setar, Kedah police deputy chief Abdul Ghafar Rajab said the overall crime index for the state had dropped despite a three per cent rise in motorcycle thefts between Jan 1 and yesterday.

He said 1,134 motorcycle thefts were recorded during the period, up by 32 casesas compared to 1,102 cases for the same period last year. “We succeeded in reducing the overall crime index by 8.5 per cent, reflecting adrop of 255 cases from the 3,002 cases for the same period last year,” he toldreporters after a Police Day gathering at the Kedah police headquarters.

In Tawau, police chief Assistant Commissioner Ibrahim Chin said initiatives taken by the Sabah police to combat crime had reduced the crime rate in the area.

Between January and March, only 154 crime cases were reported in Tawau ascompared to 276 recorded in the corresponding period last year. “Of the total, 74 cases have been solved,” he said after attending similar celebrations at the Tawau police contingent headquarters here today.

At the event, Ibrahim also presented police appreciation letters to 67 recipients, including the public and media practitioners.

In Seremban, Negeri Sembilan police deputy chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Abd Manan Mohd Hassan said the state police had taken a focused move to reduce the crime index at selected hotspots.

“The area where the crime index is high will be made our adopted area and we will coordinate with the local authorities on how we can reduce the crime index and monitor the situation till year-end,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after attending the Police Day celebrations at thestate police contingent training field here today. He said four areas in Nilai, Seremban and Senawang had been identified for the adoption programme, so far.

In Marang, Terengganu police deputy chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Hamzah Jamil said the state police would station its personnel at selectedpublic locations statewide, including farmers’ markets and shopping malls,through ‘Ops Payung’, beginning March 29. “This is a new initiative to enable the public to get closer to the police andgive their cooperation,” he told a press conference after attending the Police Day celebrations here today.

At the same press conference, Terengganu Criminal Investigation Department chief Superintendent Roslan Abd Wahid disclosed that syabu-addicted women werefound to have taken the pill for weight loss. “The pills are not only taken by working women, but also women from allwalks of life,” he said, adding about 10,000 drug addicts nabbed in the statelast year were women. “Some of them are willing to spend about RM1,000 to get a gram of syabu,while those who cannot afford it, resorted to using psychotropic pills whichcost between RM25 and RM30 each,” he said.

– Bernama