3 January 2010
Over a period of three days leading up to the New Year’s Eve, increased police presence helped reduced the crime rate in Penang dramatically. 4,000 enforcement personnel were activated.
Penang police chief Datuk Ayub Yaakob announced that there were only 30 reported crime cases during the three days, compared to the daily average of 55.
Ayub said with the police presence, revellers tend to behave in public and did not throw paint at cars like they did in the past. He hopes to maintain the pace in enforcement and target to reduce street crimes by 20% this year.
He also noted that other agencies such as Rela, Civil Defence Department and Penang Municipal Council were helpful in maintaining the order during the festivities.
The Star Online – Penang records big drop in street crimes