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Crime in Sarawak down 15 per cent

IT is good to know that the crime rate in Sarawak has decreased by 15 per cent in the past two years.

In fact, Sarawak recorded the second lowest crime rate in the country last year. (The State with the lowest crime rate was Sabah — doesn’t it just make you glad to be an East Malaysian?)

“Statistics in comparison with other states is still low at only five to six cases per 1,000 people per year. This can be considered a big success to the State as the decrease in rate was achieved significantly,” Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan is quoted as saying.

Datuk Amar Awang Tengah added that the State would continue to ensure the crime rate dropped further and hoped to nurture a caring society characterised by neighbours watching out for and helping each other.

Between January and October 9, 2011, the police recorded just 815 heavy crime cases compared to 1,111 cases over the same period in 2010.

Petty crimes also recorded a drop during the same period, to 7,744 from 8,153 in 2010.

The State police also initiated its National Key Results Area (NKRA) last October by identifying hotspots throughout the state.

Seven hotspots were identified in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri and the presence of police increased in the hotspots to improve security.

Patrols were actually increased from 60 per cent to 100 per cent and help has also been sourced from the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) and Civil Defense Department personnel.

More effort was also focused on increasing participation and promoting the Rakan Cop programme.

To date, the state has over 40,000 RakanCop members.

Although it is not possible to completely eliminate crime anywhere because there will always be bad hats, it is good to know concrete efforts are being taken to reduce the opportunities for crime.

A report from The Borneo Post:

State’s crime rate down 15 per cent

KUCHING: The state recorded a healthy decrease in crime rate by 15 per cent in the past two years, placing it the second lowest state in crime rate throughout the country for 2011.

Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) Sarawak branch outgoing chairman Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan on Sunday said the figure was something that the people here should be proud of considering the tremendous decrease in trend.

“In the past 10 years, the state’s crime rate had increased two fold, constantly placing it in the top five to seven lowest in the country each year. However, statistics (in) comparison with other states is still low at only five to six cases per 1,000 people per year.

“This can be considered a big success to the state as the decrease in rate was achieved significantly,” said the Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment when delivering his speech at MCPF Sarawak branch charity dinner at Hilton Hotel here.

Touching on MCPF, he added that the foundation, which was founded in 1993, has become the nation’s focal point for crime prevention. The MCPF is one of the country’s most influential forces for citizen mobilisation.

“Prior to its formation almost 20 years ago, most people believed that it was exclusively up to the enforcer of the law to protect them. Now, the foundation has brought about such changes in public perception for the good of all. The people now understand that preventing crime is their collective business,” he continued.

In regards to the significant decrease in the state’s crime rate, Awang Tengah highlighted that the state has the vision to be the centre for excellence for crime prevention providing a safer and caring society characterised by neighbours watching and helping out each other.

The MCPF’s good 20 years record in the country has seen the state strengthening its initiatives such as training thousands of crime prevention practitioners and allies – law enforcement personnel, educators, parents, youth, local and state government officials, and community leaders – in a key strategy and content areas that help them and their communities in reducing crime.

MCPF has distributed hundreds of publications and kits that have been used to support and encourage local action for public safety. Millions of the copies of MCPF brochures had been distributed to the communities.

Awang Tengah highlighted that the foundation has also provided local educational tools for children, parents and teachers while helping to establish, sustain and expand dozens of statewide and city-specific prevention-focused organisations. MCPF had provided leadership in developing new approaches in crime prevention.

“Among the activities implemented to support such initiatives, MCPF has organised crime prevention seminars, roundtable dialogues, ‘Say No To Crime’ campaigns, participating in exhibitions, awareness talks in schools, setting up of school crime prevention clubs, ‘crime prevention month’ campaign and others.

“This also included the implementation of the CCTV projects with local councils, launching of MCPF website, ‘RakanCop’ programme, membership drives and many more,” stated Awang Tengah, adding that RakanCop is a mechanism between the police and public to prevent crime.

He said it had proven to be effective where the public only need to send text messages to the police for immediate action.

To date, the state recorded over 40,000 RakanCop members. A total of RM458,000 was raised from corporate sponsors and public donation to fund MCPF annual activities and programmes as announced by Awang Tengah.

Taib, who was the guest of honour, added to the fund by announcing an allocation of RM200,000.

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