31 January 2007
The national crime rate last year increased by 15.74 per cent. Every state reported an increase except Kedah.
Commercial crime increased from 171,604 to 198,622 cases. Commercial crime was 10% of all cases last year, while property crime took up almost 70%. Motorcycle and lorry thefts were the most common property crimes committed, and half of such culprits were the unemployed and drug addicts.
The crime index have included ten more categories of crime, including outraging modesty, causing hurt and criminal intimidation, rioting, cheating, extortion, criminal breach of trust, computer crime, and trafficking in and possession of dangerous drugs.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s department Datuk Maximus Ongkili said the police’s solving rate is 50 per cent, compared to the Interpol’s rate of 22 per cent. Ongkili, who is the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) chairman, said the foundation will conduct a road show two weeks from now to raise awareness of crime prevention during the Chinese New Year festivities.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan has effected several programs to curb the worrying trend:
- Senior police officers assigned to desk duties have to do foot patrols in the city
- Recruitment of 60,000 new officers
- Addition of 2,000 new police cars
- Rehiring of retired officers on contract basis
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New Straits Times – Crime rate up 15 per cent
The Star Online – Rise in crime index worrisome for government