Government Targets To Cut Street Crimes By 20 Per Cent

Jul 27, 2009
PUTRAJAYA, July 27 (Bernama) -- The government has set the target of reducing street crimes by 20 per cent by the end of next year, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced Monday.

He said the government viewed with concern the need to check crime and, as such, had decided to make crime reduction one of the national key results areas (NKRA).

"The NKRA on crime reduction is divided into three parts, the first being street crimes which strike fear and trauma in families and the general public," he said when addressing members of the administration and civil service staff as well as staff of government-linked companies (GLCs) at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), here.

Street crimes, he said, included snatch thefts and unarmed robberies.

Najib said statistics showed that street crimes made up 17 per cent of crime on the overall crime index for 2008.

"Four main areas -- Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor -- have been identified as the hot spots for this type of crime. It has been found that these places recorded 72 per cent of the overall street crimes in 2008. As such, the government has set the target to reduce street crimes by 20 per cent by the end of 2010," he said.

The second task, he said, was to improve the people's perception of public order whereby existing voluntary organisations, particularly the People's Volunteer Corps (Rela), would be strengthened with adequate training given to members in a more organised manner.

It would also include standardisation of the uniform so that these organisations could join forces with the police to help fight street crimes, he said.

"In this effort, the relevant police stations will be upgraded and the necessary equipment will be provided. Besides, patrols and preventive measures will be stepped up, along with the installation of additional closed circuit television cameras (CCTV)," he said.

In upgrading the performance of the enforcement agencies, the Home Ministry would work with the Attorney-General's Chambers and the Prime Minister's Department to consider ways to expedite the legal process in the matter of backlogged cases, for example, in setting up a tribunal or special court to handle offences related to street crimes.


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