Efforts by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to reduce crime in Kuala Lumpur via initiatives under the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) have been appreciated by the public.
Those interviewed by Bernama admitted that the crime rate in Kuala Lumpur had declined following several initiatives taken by the police.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said that crime in city hotspots had been reduced.
“Indeed, crime in hotspots particularly street crime, has been reduced due to the preventive measures taken.”
The hotspots are Bukit Bintang, Jalan Pudu, Kuchai Park, Taman Midah, Taman Connaught, Alam Damai, Bandar Sri Permaisuri, Jinjang Utara, Metro Prima Kepong and Danau Kota.
Zulkifli said efforts to reduce crime were done using traditional methods, cooperation with the public and agencies like Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
“The traditional methods are beat duty on foot and also patrol using vehicles like motorcycles and MPV.”
He said efforts were also made to trace criminals using intelligence based on information received from the public.
“Our men will give way name cards to the public during their rounds so that they can can us if they suspect something amiss.”
Brickfields police chief ACP Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid said the crime rate in Taman Seri Sentosa had dropped thanks to the initiatives taken.
Taman Seri Sentosa is one of hotspots under Brickfields district police.
“We managed to reduce crime via interaction with the community and integrated operations,” he added.
Sentul Rukun Tetangga coordinating commiteee member Raja Shah Aminuddin Raja Shahminan, 68, said that crime had dropped due to efforts made by police.
The Brickfields Ex-Policemen’s Association chairman said crime reduction efforts taken by police was more efficient than when he was still a PDRM member.
He said police should conduct more patrols during daytime as many people are away at work.
“Crime during the night has been reduced due to patrolling by Rukun Tetangga members and the police,” he added.
Meanwhile Fazreen Mahmud, 25, who lives in Taman Midah said police patrols at night had significantly reduced crime in the area.
“Motorycle thefts used to be rampant but they have been reduced since police began the patrols,” said the administrative assistant.
Nadir Zainal, 29, a salesman at Bukit Bintang said that snatch theft in the commercial district had also dropped.
“Snatch thefts are no longer a normal occurence in Bukit Bintang. I believe this is down to the regular patrol by police,” he added.