City Police Starts Crime Ops

17 April 2009
Kuala Lumpur

In an attempt to fight robbers and thieves in the country’s capital, Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Asst Comm II Datuk Ku Chin Wah said city police, traffic, narcotics and special branch officers will conduct a month-long operation covering the districts of Cheras, Brickfields, Dang Wangi, Putrajaya, and Sentul. Roadblocks and round-the-clock police surveillance will be performed by about 400 police personnel.

This is in response to the rising total crime rate this year. 31% of crimes reported this year are unarmed robberies and snatch thefts. 2,254 such unarmed gang robberies were recorded up till 15 April 2009, compared to 1,249 cases in the same period last year, representing a 80% increase. Snatch theft cases jumped two-fold from 606 cases last year to 1,206 this year.

On the first day of its operations, Ku said 1,837 people and 1,089 vehicles were checked. 37 people were arrested, of whom 8 were suspected to be involved in robberies reported in Sentul and Brickfields. The rest were suspected of drug abuse.

Ku urged the public to help report crimes by calling the police hotline at 03-21159999.

The Star Online – Integrated police effort to stop crime

New Straits Times Online – Crackdown on crime in city

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