Sunday, December 27, 2009

Street Crime Up 27% in Penang... ( from The Star)

Street crime up 27% in Penang
Street crime up 27% in Penang

PENANG: Penang recorded 3,786 street crime cases this year compared with 3,523 cases last year.

State police chief Datuk Ayub Yaakob said street crime involving motorcycle thefts, snatch thefts, robbery and illegal racing saw an increase of 263 cases or 27.5 percent over last year's figure.

"In most of the cases, the suspects, individually, in pairs or in a group, had used motorcycles to commit the crime, especially robbery and snatch thefts.

"We are asking the public to cooperate with the police by giving input or ideas, so that a more effective approach can be drawn up to change the situation," he said after flagging off the Penang Police Community Expedition, here, Sunday.

Ayub was leading a high-powered motorcycle convoy involving 50 policemen and 50 members of the Penang Motorcycle Club on a Rakan Cop and crime-prevention promotion drive.

The one-day expedition started from Batu Feringghi and ended in Batu Maung.

Ayub said street crime made up about 40 percent of all crime cases in Penang.

"No matter how many more policemen we recruit and deploy, street crime committed by motorcyclists will still occur, but what is important is curbing it with the cooperation of the public," he said. - Bernama

My comments:
Come is not rocket science to reduce this. No perceived police presence so that is why criminals are so bold to conduct their "business". Same case with traffic violaters in Penang.

1 comment:

  1. I'm from Ireland and I was mugged not once but twice in Malaysia. There are a lot of con artists operating in Penang. Who try to get tourists involved in gambling cons. I think the street police in Malaysia are ok, but the detectives are very lazy and useless. Being a detective in Malaysia is basically a retirement grade. Their office had a microwave and kettle, long comfortable sofas on either side of the room, and a gloriously big TV down at one end. They were too lazy even to bring me back to my hotel even though my shirt was torn. They were too busy watching TV and enjoying their snacks and coffee. And obviously that is all they do all day. How much do they get paid for doing that?